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Christie's New York auction of Magnificent Jewels achieved a total of $44,583,875 with 95% sold by value, 91% sold by lot, and 118% hammer above low estimate after a marathon ten-hours of bidding. There was global participation with bidders from 39 countries. Additionally, the preceding Jewels Online sale from November 18 to December 1 totaled $2,575,500 with 100% sold by value and 90% sold by lot. Together, the December Jewels sales in New York achieved a combined total of $47,159,375.
The top lot of the Magnificent Jewels auction was an extraordinary Kashmir sapphire and diamond bracelet of 43.10 carats surrounded by 67.90 carats of D color internally flawless diamonds that was purchased for $6,030,000 by Harry Winston. Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, comments, "We are very proud to have purchased this extraordinary Kashmir Sapphire which joins the ranks of the finest diamonds and colored gemstones acquired by Winston to form our superb Legacy Collection."
Other notable sapphires include a cabochon Kashmir sapphire ring of 21.72 carats by Van Cleef & Arpels from 1917 that achieved $1,722,000; a Burma sapphire necklace of 80.86 carats that sold for $1,110,000; and an Art Deco Kashmir sapphire of 12.64 carats and diamond brooch by Cartier, formerly from the collection of Jean Stralem that realized $1,530,000. Among other top lots were a pair of fancy intense purplish pink and fancy intense pink diamond earrings of 2.61 and 2.34 carats, potentially internally flawless that sold for $2,070,000; a diamond of 102.61 carats, Y to Z color, VS2 clarity, which achieved $1,650,000; and the Vanderbilt Diamond Necklace formerly belonging to Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman that sold for $750,000.
SECTION 1 CHRISTIE'S INTERNATIONAL SA PROFILE
SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2020
SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2020
SECTION 1 CHRISTIE'S INTERNATIONAL SA PROFILE
Christie's International SA owns and operates an auction house that provides auction services. It offers sales in various categories, including 20th century decorative art and design; European furniture, decorative objects, and early sculpture; impressionist and modern art; jewelry; photographs; post-war and contemporary art; Silver and objects of Vertu; Swiss art; watches and wristwatches; and wine. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Christie's International SA operates as a subsidiary of Christie's Inc.
SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2020
November 20: RELEASE | Christie's Presents the December Day Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art Featuring The Collection of Morton and Barbara Mandel
On December 3, Christie's will hold its Day Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art Featuring the Collection of Morton and Barbara Mandel, which will follow the 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York marquee auction taking place on December 2. The Day Sale will feature a breadth of works ranging from Post-War masters such as Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler to today's most sought after contemporary artists including Matthew Wong and Jordan Casteel. Particularly notable is the prevalence of important collections, including those belonging to Morton and Barbara Mandel, for which the sale was specially titled (view dedicated release here), Barbara Allen de Kwiatkowski, Dr. Marvin and Mrs. Natalie Gliedman and Property from The Foundation Mireille And James Levy. Also being featured in the sale are 7 works, which have been donated to benefit Storm King Art Center's 60th anniversary. A curated selection of important photography, including works by Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe, will round out the sale.
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November 18: Events Calendar: Christie's International SA: RELEASE | Monet / Richter: A Digital Exhibition
Christie's is pleased to announce Monet / Richter, a virtual selling exhibition celebrating the talents of the two groundbreaking artists that will be presented both online from 28 October to 20 December, and in person with select highlights going on view in New York in November. Please visit the private sale viewing room here.
The exhibition will address the visual dialogue between the work of Claude Monet and Gerhard Richter with juxtaposed canvases that pose a fundamental challenge to the distinction between abstraction and representation. Alongside the works on view in-person, the full exhibition may be viewed in an immersive digital experience.
David Kleiweg de Zwaan, Head of Private Sales, Impressionist and Modern Art, Americas, remarked: "This is an exciting endeavor that strives to provide a discourse between the work of two pioneering artists, and we are grateful to the collecting community for contributing to this project. The objective of Monet/Richter is to position ethereal canvasses - by both artists - within thought provoking juxtapositions, summoning questions about the basis of abstraction and figuration. In doing so, the exhibition recontextualizes Monet's oeuvre, and particularly the later Nympheas paintings. With their shallow depth of field, luminous color and dematerialized form, Monet dissolved the traditional distinctions between figure and ground to make the canvas an arena for pure chromatic and gestural expression. This is a profound innovation echoed in Richter's masterful abstract canvasses."
Alessandro Diotallevi, Director of Private Sales, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Americas, continued: "This exhibition is a visual journey into the works of two of art history's greatest painters. It will underscore the artistic singularity achieved by both Monet and Richter, while pointing to the harmony between their work.
August 21: MEDIA ALERT | Updates On Christie's Shanghai Sales And Collaboration With China Guardian Auctions
Christie's announced today the annual September Shanghai sales will be postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions on international travel will not allow Christie's to present the ambitious and innovative sale series Christie's have every September in Shanghai. Christie's will present instead in Shanghai a selection of highlights of our upcoming November Hong Kong sales.
Francis Belin, President, Christie's Asia Pacific commented: "We are really sorry to have to postpone to a later date our annual sales in Shanghai. But this decision is purely temporary. As the only international auction house that have conducted auctions in mainland China independently for years, Christie's commitment to Chinese market remains unchanged. The art market in Asia is resilient and demand from collectors remains robust, as it has been recently reflected through the results of our July sales in Hong Kong. We will continue to work with clients across China and Asia on our Fall series of activities and connect collectors with art across digital platforms and our live auctions."
As a consequence of this postponement, the project with China Guardian Auctions announced earlier this year will also be re-scheduled to September 2021. With the well-being of clients and staff in mind, both parties have agreed to postpone the collaboration to a proper time when a fresh window for a safe environment can be created, when sales and events can be successfully staged again.
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July 30: Events Calendar: Christie's International SA: RELEASE: Say it Loud - An Exhibition Celebrating the Work of International Black Artists
In partnership with visionary curator Destinee Ross-Sutton, Christie's is proud to present "SAY IT LOUD (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," a virtual selling exhibition dedicated to the promotion and empowerment of Black art. The exhibition, which will be open from July 31 - August 18, spotlights 22 emerging Black artists who each explore the notion of identity and perception, providing them with a global platform for the celebration and amplification of their work. Named for the 1968 James Brown anthem "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," this exhibition marks the first of a series of exhibitions and educational initiatives organized by Christie's CSR Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives that will provide a necessary platform for the Black Art community's voices to be amplified and empowered.
All works are available for sale via the artists and their representatives. All parties interested in individual works may email email@example.com to be put into direct touch with the appropriate artist contact. 100% of the sale price of each work will go to the respective artist.
Christie's is honored to be partnering with acclaimed curator Destinee Ross-Sutton on this exhibition. Ms. Ross-Sutton has co-curated and curated successful international group exhibitions at renowned institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden. Independently, she advises several private institutions and international collectors on acquisitions of contemporary art with a focus on African and African American art. In her eyes, "showing a wide range of opinions, voices, and countless expressions of beauty is essential in a world where compassion and connection is needed now more than ever" (D. Ross, quoted in exh. cat., Black Voices/Black Microcosm, 8 April-9 May 2020, https://www.cfhill.com/black-voices-black-microcosm-by-destinee-ross).
Incorporating deeply personal aspects, each of these artists uses their mediums as guiding forces to construct images of identity - whether it be their own, a society or an overlooked community - in order to empower voices that have traditionally been silenced.
The vulnerability of identity is showcased in these works, either conspicuously, as with the work of both Josh Paige, who depicts Black men with targets on their bodies, and Nelson Makamo who confronts Black stereotypes head-on, or more subtly, as with as the work of Yoyo Lander and Barry Yusufu who evoke universal emotionality and the vulnerability of time and progress respectively.
Among the exhibition highlights is Nelson Makamo's Untitled, from Blue Series, 2020 - pictured on page 1.
July 10: RESULTS: Christie's Totals $451.8 Million With Day Sales and ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century
CHRISTIE'S INNOVATES WITH NEW GLOBAL AUCTION FORMAT
Roy Lichtenstein's Nude With Joyous Painting, Leads The Sale, Realizing $46,242,500 / Pound36,787,987 / EUR40,981,818 / HK$356,659,537
Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale Totals: USD$30,862,000
COMBINED TOTAL: $451,803,042
13 Artist Records Achieved Throughout the Course of The Day
Ruth Asawa / Richard Avedon / Julia Chiang / George Condo / Titus Kaphar / Leelee Kimmel / Brice Marden / Manolo Millares / Christopher Page / Emily Mae Smith / Spencer Sweeney / Wayne Thiebaud / Takeo Yamaguchi / Austyn Weiner
Wayne Thiebaud's Three Cones Leads The Post-War And Contemporary Art Day Realizing $3,735,000
Christie's partnership with amfAR raises $1,730,000 to benefit amfAR's Fund to Fight COVID-19
Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie's: "Today's sale sends three important messages for now and for the future: despite a challenging economic environment, the demand for works of art of great quality remains very strong; the market is more global than ever, with significant activity from the Americas but also from Europe and Asia; and innovation and adaptability is key - our clients have embraced our creative presentation and sale format combining live and online experiences."
Alex Rotter, Chairman, 20th and 21st Centuries Department: "Approaching this season, we felt very strongly about making a drastic shift to our auction model to create something completely new and inventive, while also retaining the elements of our marquee auctions that drive the sales of extremely valuable works of art, and from that we created ONE. The strength of today's sale was proof of that concept. Innovation and investment in digital enhancement is the way forward, and we are very proud to be on the forefront of that movement in the global art market."
Giovanna Bertazzoni, Vice Chairman, 20th and 21st Centuries Department, Christie's: "ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century was an opportunity for us to transform our traditional live auction experience and bring an international digital community to this format.
July 01: RELEASE | Christie's International Watch Department Appoints Giovanni Varesi as New Specialist
Christie's has expanded its international watch team by appointing Giovanni Varesi as lead watch Specialist in Italy. Giovanni will be based at the firm's Italian headquarters in Milan. This appointment underlines the strategic importance of the country within the wider development of the company, and recognises the growing and very dynamic Italian watch market.
Giovanni will oversee all watch consignments from Italy and build on Christie's strong relationships within the Italian watch collecting community.
"When I was approached by Christie's, I did not hesitate to accept this opportunity. Over the first six months of this year, I had the chance to understand Christie's as well as to meet and work with my colleagues from New York, Hong Kong and Geneva. Going forward I will be actively in contact with the firm's existing Italian watch collectors and will be building a wider Christie's circle of watch enthusiasts, through podcast, zoominars, discussions and one-to-one meetings", commented Giovanni Varesi, Watch Specialist Christie's Italy.
Giovanni has collected Rolex chronographs since 1990 and is particularly knowledgeable in vintage timepieces made by Rolex and Patek Philippe. He holds a degree in Energetic Engineering and worked as an electronic and mechanical project manager, before beginning his horological career in 2007 when working as a technical advisor to a top vintage watch shop in Milan. In 2012 he transitioned into the auction world when he was appointed by Antiquorum as their watch specialist for Italy.
His passion for horology has led Giovanni to discover the first Rolex Daytona Paul Newman sold for over US$1 million at auction and to publish the book "Collezionare orologi, la guida per cominciare" (Collecting watches - a guide for beginners).
While being based in Milan, Giovanni Varesi will be working very closely with the Geneva watch department, contributing to the firm's Important Watches auction in Geneva, which takes place twice a year, alongside expanding Christie's presence in Italy and developing new watch clients.
June 30: Events Calendar: Christie's International SA: RELEASE | Dream Big Private Selling Exhibition
An ambitious selling exhibition of monumental sculpture will be held online across the summer through Christie's Private Sales. Using digital enhancements to bring the works to life online, most of the works will be sold in-situ from their current homes around the world - from Australia to Yorkshire and from San Francisco to Monaco. Over 50 works led by Ai Wei Wei, Jeff Koons, Nikki de Sant Phalle, Richard Serra, Robert Indiana and Lynn Chadwick values are from $100,000 to $10 million. The exhibition will run online from 25 June through the Summer.
Alice de Roquemaurel, Head of Christie's Private Sales for Post War and Contemporary Art in EMEA and David Kleiweg de Zwaan, Senior Director of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York, said: "At a time when outdoor space at home is valued more than ever, this selling exhibition pays tribute to monumental sculpture by the greatest artists of the 20th century. The works will be presented thematically under "The Human Form", "Nature" or "Abstraction", from Rodin to McCarthy, whether in bronze, stone or steel."
To bridge the gap between a real and a virtual exhibition, on Christies.com the team will use video, enhanced photography, a helpful guide to scale, detailed essays on the works and of course the advice of our specialist teams.
Pictured above in its current home at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK, is Ai Wei Wei's Iron Tree from 2013. Comprised of 99 inter-connected pieces of cast iron modelled as branches of a 7-metre high tree, the piece is inspired by the wood sold by street vendors in Jiangxi province to be admired as decorative objects in the home.
Oiseau Amoureux, a sculptural fountain by the French feminist film-maker, painter and sculpture Niki de Sant Phalle (pictured left) measures 3 metres and is currently sited on the edge of Lake Geneva.
June 26: Christie's International SA: RELEASE | Pablo Picasso's Baigneuses, Sir nes, Femme Nue et Minotaure to Star in ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century
As part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso's Baigneuses, sirenes, femme nue et minotaure (1937, estimate: $6,000,000-9,000,000) will be offered in the New York session. Here, Picasso depicts the projection of an inner self, in the form of the Minotaur, a character lifted directly from ancient mythology. In the late 1920s, Picasso's interest in Surrealism, especially through his close friendships with Paul Eluard and other poets in the vanguard of the movement, inspired him to take broad license with classical fables, to practice his own method of creative reconfiguration. The artist, moreover, had been writing poetry since April 1935, and, indeed, was at work during 6-19 March 1937 producing a stream of verbal imagery, on 17 March, he wrote "desire so cramped in its prison explodes the eggshell of the sea and lights up the bars that confine it". Baigneuses, sirenes, femme nue et minotaure represents an inventive pictorial narrative used to visualise this "exploding desire" in a free play of iconography that Lydia Gasman described as the artist's "mythological syncretism, generally based on inversions, the conjunction of opposites, and the conflation of heterogenous elements".
Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie's: "Baigneuses, sirenes, femme nue et minotaure is a masterpiece of execution by Pablo Picasso and we are thrilled to offer this exquisite painting as part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century. It has never been offered at auction before, having remained in the family of the artist for over 80 years. Multiple meanings can be drawn from this powerful yet exquisite work in which Picasso depicts his magnificent mythological alter ego the Minotaure carrying and surrounded by his lovers."
The Minotaur in Baigneuses, sirenes, femme nue et minotaure is Picasso's melding of the original, monstrous, namesake creature with the hero Theseus.
June 25: Christie's International SA: RELEASE | Cecily Brown and Adrian Ghenie Star in London Session of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century
As part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century on 10 July 2020, Christie's will offer seminal paintings by Adrian Ghenie and Cecily Brown as leading highlights in London. An extraordinary, cinematic vision spanning two metres in width, The Arrival 3 (2015, estimate: Pound3,000,000-5,000,000) is an outstanding large-scale painting by Adrian Ghenie. Against a vibrant backdrop of rich, abstract texture and swirling, hallucinatory forms, a central figure looms large, clad in a crisp black suit. A pyrotechnic expanse of colour and movement, Carnival and Lent (2006-2008, estimate Pound4,000,000-6,000,000) exemplifies Cecily Brown's command of oil paint. Inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Elder's 1559 masterpiece The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, its 2.5-meter canvas creates an all-engulfing textural and chromatic world, with hints at figure and form caught in swirls, tangles and marbled blurs of pigment.
Andre Zlattinger, Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art Europe: "Christie's is thrilled to offer these exceptional paintings by two artists who represent the gamut of painting in the 21st century. Cecily Brown was recently included in the Whitechapel Gallery's group exhibition 'Radical Figures' which focused on those pushing the boundaries of representation. Her sources are hugely varied and Carnival and Lent places her work in dialogue with Old Masters. Adrian Ghenie's paintings explore moments of significant change in history using figures the viewer may not want to confront but is suddenly compelled to do so. Presenting these two innovative painters in our new relay-format auction, provides a global context within which their work can be viewed."
The warm terracottas, visceral reds and cooler touches of lavender and teal in Cecily Brown's Carnival and Lent echo the palette of Brueghel's painting, detonating his bird's-eye crowd scene into an immersive, fleshy scape of abstracted energy.
June 25: RELEASE | Christie's and Maggie's Announce Partnership for Online Charity Auction | 15-23 July 2020
Christie's is partnering with cancer charity, Maggie's to present a selection of artworks that have been donated by 48 leading international artists, designers and architects. Maggie's provides free practical and emotional support to people with cancer as well as their family and friends in centres across the UK as well as by phone, email and online.
The online-only auction will take place from 15-23 July 2020 with proceeds being used for essential funding that will allow Maggie's to continue its vital work. It will include pieces that have been donated to the charity by Frank Auerbach, David Bailey, Christopher Le Brun, Sonia Boyce, Lucian Freud Estate, Antony Gormley, Lubaina Himid, Michael Craig-Martin, Julian Opie, Bridget Riley, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mario Testino, Edmund de Waal, and Mark Wallinger, amongst others. The auction will also include donations from Maggie's international network of architects and designers including Jamie Fobert, Lord Norman Foster, the late Dame Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Daniel Libeskind.
Untitled [towards Fleeting Moment], an exquisite work on paper by Bridget Riley (1986, estimate: Pound25,000-35,000) will be offered alongside Frank Auerbach's Study for Chimney in Mornington Crescent (1987, estimate Pound12,000-18,000), a recent work on paper by Luc Tuymans titled Clouds (2020, estimate: Pound30,000-50,000) and Antony Gormley's PATHOLOGY III (2010, estimate: Pound45,000-65,000).
An iconic portrait of John Lennon and Paul McCartney by David Bailey taken in 1965 and Sam Taylor-Johnson's portrait of Dustin Hoffman from her 'Crying Men' series (2004) represent the diversity of photography while pieces by Rem Koolhaas and Amanda Levete showcase pioneering architectural practice today.
Further highlights include a limited edition handbag designed for Osprey by Grayson Perry and from the Lucian Freud Estate, an etching titled Four Figures (1991).
June 24: Events Calendar: RELEASE: Wyeth's World: Christie's Online Private Selling Exhibition
Christie's announces Wyeth's World, an online private selling exhibition featuring a selection of pictures by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). An icon of American art, Wyeth famously remained true to his realist approach in an era when abstract art reigned. From works on paper under $100,000 to multi-million dollar temperas, the works featured within this exhibition provide a glimpse into the intriguing world that inspired Wyeth's art. The virtual gallery experience will run from June 19 - July 17.
Works in this exhibition span Wyeth's career and his experience in small-town communities in Maine and Pennsylvania. Transforming visions of these neighborhoods via unique perspectives and poignant atmosphere, Wyeth's world embodied a distinct timelessness and quiet dignity that was uniquely his own.
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June 23: MEDIA ALERT | Christie's Partners With Asian Cultural Council To Auction Three Important Chinese Contemporary Artworks
Christie's is delighted to partner with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) in presenting three important artworks by three major Chinese contemporary artists to be auctioned in the Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 10th July, 2020.
Proceeds will benefit ACC, a nonprofit foundation that provides artists, scholars, and arts professionals opportunities for international cultural exchange in Asia and the United States. Through fellowships, grants, achievement awards, public programs, alumni engagement, and other cultural exchange initiatives, ACC invests in individuals whose work advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect across borders.
The three artworks have been donated by esteemed ACC alumni and supporters. Cai Guo-Qiang arrived in New York in 1995 for his year-long ACC Fellowship. Liu Wei received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to engage with New York's vibrant contemporary art landscape. Zhang Huan is the only artist represented in this special section who is not an alumnus of the ACC grant program, rendering his donation all the more inspiring.
Cai Guo-Qiang's Peony and Dahlia No. 2 was featured in the artist's solo exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado in 2017, and was created on-site in Madrid. It will be the first colored gunpowder work by Cai to be offered at auction. Liu Wei's East blends vibrant oil on canvas to create a shimmering abstract painting, while Zhang Huan's Horse No. 2 evokes spiritual undertones with his delicate use of incense ash.
Each of these exceptional and unique works showcase a diverse range of contemporary techniques. Christie's is delighted to be offering these works on our global auction platform. For the full Christie's catalog and to read more about each artist and their artwork, please visit the ACC website.
June 23: Christie's International SA: RELEASE: Lucio Fontana to Highlight ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century
On July 10, Lucio Fontana's Concetto Spaziale, Attesa, 1966 (estimate: $ 7.5-10.5 million) will highlight the New York leg of ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century. With its blazing red surface pierced by a single vertical incision, Concetto Spaziale, Attesa is a rare and totemic masterwork that is - at 63 inches (160 cm.) tall - among Lucio Fontana's six largest single-cut paintings. Of the four red works in this grouping, it is the last of two to remain in private hands, with others residing in the Menil Collection, Houston and the Kunsthaus Zurich. The present work has resided within the same collection since the 1970's and has not been seen publicly since being acquired.
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June 18: RELEASE: Barnett Newman's Onement V to Lead ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century at Christie's
On July 10, Barnett Newman's sublime Onement V, 1948 (estimate: $30-40 million) will lead ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century. Painted in an ethereal, ink blue palette, dramatically interrupted by a solitary 'zip' of aquamarine, Onement V is a sublime masterpiece that perfectly captures Barnett Newman's abstract aesthetic. Created just four years after his breakthrough painting, Onement I (1948), it represents one of only two paintings from this early, landmark series to remain in a private collection. The other four are currently housed in major American museum collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin.
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June 10: Events Calendar: RELEASE | CHRISTIE'S HOSTS A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION OF STUDENT ARTWORK FROM STUDIO IN A SCHOOL NYC
Christie's announces the first in a series of online exhibitions of artworks created by children participating in Studio in a School's New York City Schools Program, which engages students from pre-school through twelfth grade at public schools and early childhood education centers in all five boroughs. Opening June 10, the online exhibition Littlest Learners is Studio in a School's annual showcase of artwork created by students in 3K to second grade working under the guidance of Studio's dedicated Artist Instructors. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the physical presentation of Littlest Learners at Studio in a School's Gallery at One East 53rd Street in Manhattan was cancelled. Christie's is honored to host this virtual exhibition to display students' masterpieces, as well as provide a larger audience to appreciate their achievements.
In a time when schools are closed and students, educators, and parents are all finding new ways to learn, instruct and communicate, art can be a particularly effective mode of expression. The works in this show radiate with optimism, curiosity and a zest for life. The hope and joy reflected in these images is especially resonant and poignant today.
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June 09: Christie's International SA: RELEASE: van Rysselberghe's Barques de peche-Mediterranee to highlight ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century
On July 10, Christie's will offer Theo van Rysselberghe's Barques de peche-Mediterranee (estimate: $7 - 10 million) in ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century. Depicting a fleet of sailboats off the southern coast of France, the Belgian artist's 1892 work offers one of the purest applications of the pointillist painting technique utilized by Van Rysselberghe and his Neo-Impressionist contemporaries. After a long-term loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as its inclusion in major exhibitions at the Grand Palais and the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris, Barques de peche-Mediterranee will come to auction this summer having been in the same private American collection for over 30 years.
Cyanne Chutkow, Deputy Chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art, remarks: "Barques de peche-Mediterranee is a stunning example of Van Rysselberghe's use of the divisionist technique, offering a scintillating array of dots that convey a tangible sense of the vastness and serenity of the Mediterranean as the artist saw it. This exceptional work whose wooden liner was painted with dots of contrasting hues serving to amplify the color harmonies in the canvas, is one of the most important works by the artist to appear at auction. It offers a visual representation of Van Rysselberghe's sailing journey with Paul Signac and is an outstanding example of the artist's work in the prime of his career."
Van Rysselberge painted this enchanting vista during a two-month sailing excursion in le Midi with Paul Signac, his close friend and confrere in the divisionist movement. This trip came on the heels of a difficult year for the artists as they continued to mourn the loss of Georges Seurat the previous year to diphtheria at age 31. During the subsequent months, Van Rysselberge and Signac worked to secure Seurat's formidable legacy, together organizing two memorial retrospectives of his work and set sail less than a week after the March 1892 exhibition opened in Paris.
Traveling aboard the Olympia, Signac's sleek 36-foot cutter named for Edouard Manet's foundational 1863 painting, the artists sailed along the idyllic French coast past Cette, Marseille, and Toulon before anchoring at Saint-Tropez in early May 1892, where Van Rysselberghe remained with Signac until the end of the month.
June 08: LA BIENNALE PARIS PARTNERS WITH CHRISTIE'S TO ORGANIZE A MAJOR ONLINE-ONLY AUCTION
More than 50 internationally renowned dealers, brought together by La Biennale Paris and the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, will be invited to participate in an online auction at Christie's from September 10 to 21, 2020. The planned sale follows the postponement of the 32nd edition of La Biennale Paris to September 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the health risks associated with the organization of an international event.
All disciplines will be represented, covering 6,000 years of art history. From antiquity to contemporary art, from classic furniture to design, dealers will offer a carefully established selection of works and objets d'art, of furniture and jewelry. The works offered online will also be exhibited and on view at the participating galleries, for the duration of the sale.
Georges De Jonckheere, President of La Biennale Paris, commented:
"La Biennale Paris is an event organized by dealers for dealers. It is essential that we support the profession in this unprecedented crisis with new and appropriate initiatives. We are very pleased to be partnering with Christie's for this sale. Christie's wide reach and extensive capacities worldwide will bring great visibility to dealers and will enable them to reach out to new collectors."
Guillaume Cerutti, the CEO of Christie's said:
"Christie's has the utmost respect for antique dealers and gallerists, whom we consider key art market players and privileged partners, particularly in the period we are living through. The prestige of La Biennale Paris and its ambitions for the future add to our enthusiasm to build an innovative and ambitious online auction, together. Christie's digital resources and sales networks in the world will be deployed to ensure the greatest level of success for this project."
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May 28: RELEASE | Christie's Wins Nine 2020 Telly Awards
Christie's announced today six of its films have been awarded nine awards in the 41st Annual Telly Awards, including a gold award for the George Michael's YBA Collection video in the General Documentary: Individual for Branded Content category. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks and production companies.
Today's winners announcement caps a year-long celebration of creators around the globe and across all screens. Continuing on from the inaugural Film & Video Screening Tour last season, The Telly Awards toured a selection of Telly Award winning work to London, NYC, Amsterdam and Toronto, culminating with an online event. This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories further to the awards' recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. New categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video and Immersive & Mixed Reality categories, alongside new categories honoring important work in Social Impact and Diversity & Inclusion.
Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards, comments: "Christie's is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is both rapidly changing and heavily impacted by the current crisis. Our theme for this season, Telly Award Winners Tell Great Stories is a true reflection of the diversity of stories the community is skillfully able to tell. Now, more than ever, do we need to celebrate them and those that bring global stories to our attention. This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of these creators." Source: Company Website
May 20: Events Calendar: RELEASE: The Art of the Cover | Christie's Private Sales Online Exhibition of Illustration Art
Christie's announces an online private selling exhibition The Art of the Cover, featuring America's most-loved illustration artists, will take place 20 May through 19 June. Comprised of 23 lots, highlights include works by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, J.C. Leyendecker, George Hughes and Joseph Kernan, among others. Prices range from below $100,000 to over $5 million, and a virtual gallery experience features audio from specialists on key paintings.
The Art of the Cover explores how illustration artists created a visual narrative of modern American life in the first decades of the 20th Century, reflecting the spirit of their times and establishing traditions and idioms that last to this day. Before television and the internet dominated news and entertainment, popular culture in the United States propagated largely through illustrated magazines. Through their craftsmanship and storytelling, illustrators depicted humorous and heart-warming scenarios of everyday life which resonated with the public, thus conveying a collective memory of culture.
Paige Kestenman, Specialist of American Art, comments, "They forged a sense of national identity, helping the American public to understand the worst of times - two world wars and a great depression - and also celebrating the best of times, from the holiday season to the everyday joys of life." Source: Company Website
SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2020
December 14: Christie's International SA: RESULTS | Modern and Contemporary Art Auctions Achieved HK$1,733,906,375 / US$224,706,473
AUCTION RECORDS SET FOR ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS:
Zhang Xiaogang, Dana Schutz, Georges Mathieu, Nguyen Phan Chanh, Nicolas Party,
Amoako Boafo, Vu Cao Dam, Vicente Silva Manansala, Rhee Seundja, Mary Corse,
Shara Hughes, Park ReHyun, Joyce Pensato, Izumi Kato, Chris Huen Sin Kan, and Lam Tung Pang
Hong Kong - On 2 and 3 December, Christie's held five auctions - Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Sanyu: Goldfish, Modern and Contemporary Art Morning Session, Modern and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session, as well as the Hong Kong leg of the 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York sale.
Works sold across the two days of sales realised a total of HK$1,733,906,375 / US$224,706,473, the highest sale total for any auction house in Asia this year and a record-breaking sale total for Christie's Asia.
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December 10: Results | Christie's Handbags & Accessories Online: The New York Edition totals $2.38 million | 10 December 2020
Christie's New York Handbags & Accessories Online achieved a total $2,380,625 with 94% sold by lot, 100% sold by value, and 140% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation from 31 countries with 39% new registrants.
The top lot of the sale was an extremely rare Hermes Diamond Himalaya Birkin 35 that sold for $212,500.
Other top lots included a highly sought-after limited edition Ebene Faubourg Birkin 20 that sold for $125,000; a limited edition matte black alligator So Black Birkin 35 that realized $68,750; delightful Mini Picnic Kelly 20 II that achieved $52,500.
Additionally, strong results were achieved for the offering from esteemed collector Susan Casden, a fashion icon and one of the most revered collectors of Handbags in the world. Overall, the collection totaled $917,000, with a portion of the proceeds intended to be donated to a museum.
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