On 22 October, Christie’s Shanghai presents two cross-category sales — First Open| Shanghai and 20th Century & Contemporary Art — both of which are designed to satisfy the increasingly diverse appetites of Chinese connoisseurs and collectors.
The First Open | Shanghai sale kicks off the season at the Peninsula Hotel on the afternoon of 22 October. Launched 11 years ago in New York, the First Open series offers an opportunity to acquire desirable and accessibly priced contemporary artworks. The sale concept was introduced to mainland China in 2015 as +86 | First Open, showcasing the talents of emerging Chinese artists.
This season, First Open | Shanghai offers new and established collectors a curated selection of more than 80 artworks by Asian and Western contemporary artists, as well as a superb group of Asian contemporary designers.
The 22 October evening auction of 20th Century & Contemporary Art presents exceptional art from both East and West, spanning Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Chinese Contemporary Ink, Impressionist and Modern Art, and Post-War and Contemporary Art.
Highlights include Ohne titel by Max Ernst (1891-1976), Emile by Bernard Buffet (1928-1999), Still Life Red Apples by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), L'Aube Bleu by Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014), Old Pine by Li Huayi (b. 1948) and Untitled 06-1 by Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964).
Works by Max Ernst (1891-1976), Fernando Botero (b. 1932), Yves Klein (1928-1962), Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) and KAWS (b. 1974) will be offered for the first time in a Christie’s auction in mainland China.
‘As a world-leading art business, Christie’s is proud of its remarkable 250-year legacy in fine-art auctions,’ says Rebecca Wei, President of Christie’s Asia. ‘Christie’s is dedicated to its role as a cultural ambassador, facilitating cultural exchanges between the East and the West. The upcoming Shanghai autumn auctions and its series of events bear testament to our commitment to the China market, and our continued innovation.’
Also on view in Shanghai will be lots from the Gold Boxes auction in London. A series of art forums and lectures will be run during the preview.