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 Self, Genieve Figgis, Eddie 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.