20/21 CENTURY New York

  • Event date May 2022
  • Event location New York

This May in New York, Christie’s 20/21 sale series presents the art of the 20th and 21st centuries according to time period rather than by artistic movement. Start the series with The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann Evening Sale featuring Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, which is poised to be the most expensive 20th century artwork ever to sell at auction. All of the foundation’s proceeds from this prominent collection of 36 masterworks will directly benefit the Foundation’s efforts to create healthcare and education programs that improve the lives of children.  


Discover an informed, female perspective on the artistry of Degas, Monet, and Rothko assembled in The Anne H. Bass Collection. Explore The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs & Melvin Jacobs for an insider's look at the movement and the collectors' friendships with Man Ray, Magritte, and Duchamp. Dive into the innovative 20/21 sale concept featuring iconic playmakers such as Warhol, de Kooning and Basquiat with Van Gogh and O’Keeffe across the captivating week of  auctions.  


Catch the highlights from the sales on the international tour as it loops through Hong Kong, London, Palm Beach and Southampton. Review the tour calendar below and browse a preview of the works. We look forward to welcoming you to Rockefeller Center in May. 

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Christie's New York


From Monet to Andy Warhol, explore the 20th and 21st Century auctions in our New York galleries at Rockefeller Center from 30 April–14 May.

Viewing times
30 April – 14 May
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 1pm – 5pm
*8 May, 10am – 5pm

Christie’s New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

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Panel discussions

Monet: The man and his masterpieces

Christie’s New York, 3 May

A conversation between Professor Paul Hayes Tucker, Biographer and scholar of Monet and Max Carter, Head of Department, Impressionist and Modern Art.


Fair Market Value: Christie’s Art Market Insights

A conversation between Maura Kehoe Collins, longtime Collections Manager for the Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs Collection, and Joanna Ostrem and Joey Quigley, Co-Hosts of the podcast ‘Fair Market Value: Christie’s Art Market Insights.’
20th-21st Century

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Image credits:
© 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2022 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
© 2022 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2022 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© Gerhard Richter 2022
© 2022 Wayne Thiebaud Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
© 2022 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.