‘A breath of fresh air’ — four exciting young artists with works offered in London

The historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri on works by Genieve Figgis, Eddie Martinez, Tschabalala Self and Shara Hughes, all offered in our Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in London this month 

We asked Emma Dabiri — author, academic, and presenter of the BBC’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces — to select four of her favourite paintings from more than 200 works on offer across Christie’s upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art sales.

‘The reason that I selected them,’ she explains, ‘is because they represent the emergence of a generation of younger artists with a sense of humour and playfulness.’ 

The paintings by Tschabalala SelfGenieve FiggisEddie Martinez, and Shara Hughes, ‘seem like a breath of fresh air’. All have been painted in the past 13 years.

In the short film above Dabiri encounters ‘a reclaiming of the history of black Americans’; a work that is both ‘macabre and spooky’; ‘the extraordinary and the ordinary working in concert with each other’; and a canvas that ‘draws as heavily on street art as it does on the canonical history of art’.

See below to view all the Post-War and Contemporary Art on offer at Christie’s in London this month.