CELEBRATING THE VIBRANT CULTURAL AGENDA IN LONDON
Christie’s 20th/21st Century Art auction series celebrates masterworks spanning over 100 years of creativity and innovation, presented across four live and online sales in the international art hub of London this June.
Christie’s June season of 20/21 sales offers selected works that respond to the strength and energy of the market for a diverse range of artists, as recently witnessed throughout our global series of 20/21 auctions:
- Calanque des Canoubiers (Pointe de Bamer), Saint-Tropez (1896, estimate, £5,500,000-8,000,000) is a leading highlight of our June season, reflecting the strong demand for Paul Signac, as seen in the record result achieved by Christie’s for Concarneau, calme du matin (Opus no. 219, larghetto) in Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection in New York in November of last year.
- Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat continue to ignite global interest, with his works leading Christie’s recent 20/21 sales in both New York and Hong Kong. His iconic portrait of Pablo Picasso, Untitled (Pablo Picasso) (1984), is offered with an estimate of £4,500,000-6,500,000. The painting is a representation of two masters in dialogue and a profound tribute to Picasso’s enduring legacy.
- Lucian Freud’s rare early self-portrait, Portrait of a Man (Self-portrait) (1944, estimate: £1,500,000-
2,000,000), its exquisite detail marking his arrival as an artist, is offered at auction for the first time,
having recently been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
- Grünes Feld (Green Field) (1969, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000) is an early example of Gerhard Richter’s coloured photorealist landscapes. Contemporaneous with his celebrated Wolken (Clouds) and Seestücke (Seascapes), it captures the engagement with German Romanticism that would occupy Richter for the next two decades
The pioneering vision of contemporary artists continues to attract clients across the 20/21 auctions in all of our major salerooms, evident in recent record prices and above estimate performances:
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Diplomacy I (2009, estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000) was featured in the
recent Tate Britain touring retrospective and is one of three works that represent her first major group compositions, including the current world record, Diplomacy III which sold for $1,950,000 at Christie’s in May 2021.
- Caroline Walker’s Recreation Pavilion (2013, estimate: £150,000-200,000) will highlight the contemporary section of the 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale. Her work The Puppeteer was sold in February by Christie’s in London for £693,000 against a low estimate of £150,000.
- Louis Fratino’s work saw strong demand in the May New York sales, and Listening to a conch (2017, estimate: £40,000-60,000) will be the artist’s debut in a Christie’s London Evening Sale.
- Sahara Longe’s life-size Self-Portrait (2021, estimate: £40,000-60,000) is the artist’s debut in a London Evening Sale, coinciding with Longe’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Vojtěch Kovařík’s Expulsion from Paradise (2019, estimate: £60,000-80,000) will represent the artist’s debut in a London Evening Sale. Christie’s achieved a record for the artist in New York in May.
In celebration of London’s National Portrait Gallery re-opening, Christie’s innovative 20/21 London June season celebrates the power of portraiture as the traditional genre is redefined by each generation of artists, across the 20th and 21st centuries:
- The 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale brings together intimate and insightful works that represent a survey of portraiture from 1855 to 2021. Artists include Frank Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Miriam Cahn, Edgar Degas, Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, Pablo Picasso, and Sahara Longe.
- Presented alongside the auctions this season, Selfhood: Explorations of Being and Becoming in the 20th and 21st Centuries, is a curated selling exhibition focused on art as the expression of self- identity, and featuring works by artists including Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Alice Neel and Suzanne Valadon
Christie’s is the leading auction house for private collections globally, and its June season features
exquisite works from: The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann; Living Through Art: An Important Private Collection; Property from the Collection of Dr. Jerome and Mrs. Elizabeth Levy; Property from the Zieseniss Collection; and A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection.
Museum-quality works that have never been offered at auction before continue to resonate with collectors across all of our salerooms. Gerhard Richter’s Grünes Feld (Green Field) (1969, estimate: £4,000,000- 6,000,000), which has been held in a private German collection since 1975, and Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme (1921, estimate: £700,000-1,000,000) from the Berggruen Family Collection, where it has remained since 1976, are both highlights of the Evening Sale following long-term loans to prestigious European museums.
Conversations between Impressionist, modern and contemporary art continue throughout the series. The Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale showcases ground-breaking works by French Impressionists, German masters, Bauhaus exponents, Surrealists and other leading names of the 20th century; while excellent examples by Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol and more are presented in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale. Following the remarkable results for distinguished private collections in our New York auctions, the London line-up features highlights from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann and The Gerald Fineberg Collection amongst others.
8 King St
28 June 02:00 PM BST | Live auction
20 June, 10am – 5pm
21 June, 9am – 5pm
22 June, 9am – 8pm
23 June, 9am – 5pm
24 June, 12pm – 5pm
25 June, 12pm – 5pm
26 June, 9am – 5pm
27 June, 9am – 5pm (Evening Sale view ends)
28 June, 9am – 5pm (Day Sale view ends)
29 June, 9am – 5pm