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How Did Hokusai Create The Great Wave?
Japanese artist Takuji Hamanaka takes us inside his Brooklyn studio to explain why he adopted a centuries-old technique to create contemporary woodblock prints. ‘When I started printmaking in Tokyo, Hokusai was one of the artists who was unavoidable,’ says Japanese printmaker Takuji Hamanaka, discussing the enduring influence of the artist who created one of Japan’s most iconic artworks, The Great Wave, to be offered at Christie’s on 25 April. Although two centuries separate Hamanaka from Hokusai, the contemporary artist’s printmaking has been shaped by the same techniques employed by his predecessor. Working in his Brooklyn studio, he begins by pasting an image drawn on fine paper onto wood. Hours of meticulous carving follow — a ‘therapeutic process’ that, Hamanaka admits, requires the patience of ‘a certain type of person’. Known as ukiyo-e, this technique flourished from the 17th century in Japan. ‘It was a very casual form of expression back then, made to be printed in large numbers and distributed to the masses,’ explains Hamanaka. In the 1800s, ukiyo-e reached its peak, with masters such as Hokusai developing increasingly intricate prints. Their influence reached as far as Europe, where elements of Japanese style became visible in works by artists ranging from Van Gogh to Degas. ‘Hokusai has influenced many people,’ continues Hamanaka, who remembers being fascinated by the artist’s prints as a young child. While The Great Wave is Hokusai’s most iconic work, Hamanaka references the exceptional range of subjects Hokusai depicted throughout his career — occasionally sketching or painting, but always returning to ukiyo-e. ‘Although the subject of my prints is entirely different to those of Hokusai’s, I come from the same tradition, and still see the possibilities of it,’ says Hamanaka. Working in a country that Hokusai never visited, Hamanaka’s pattern-based art is nevertheless rooted in Japanese practice. ‘There’s a specific beauty that can only be conveyed through this technique,’ he explains. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Japanese-artist-Takuji-Hamanaka-on-Hokusai-printmaking-8210-3.aspx?sc_lang=en
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The ‘Holy Trinity’ of Hermès Bags
Handbags & Accessories specialist Rachel Koffsky looks at the Kelly, the Constance and the Birkin — and offers an expert guide to what new and experienced collectors should look for. Find out more: https://www.christies.com/features/Hermes-handbags-collecting-guide-9190-3.aspx
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Franz Kline – In Action
A monument to American jazz great Joe “King” Oliver, Kline’s masterpiece captures the vivacious spirit of the 1950s New York jazz scene. http://www.christies.com/auctions/post-war-and-contemporary-art-new-york-november-2014/franz-klines-king-oliver/#about-section
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Betsy Bloomingdale and the Art of Entertaining
As Hollywood prepares for the 89th Academy Awards and the party season hits full swing, we pay tribute to the First Lady of entertaining, ahead of the second part of the Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style auction on 5 April. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Betsy-Bloomingdale-and-the-art-of-entertaining-8086-3.aspx ‘Entertaining is not a frivolous endeavour,’ wrote Betsy Bloomingdale in her book Entertaining with Betsy Bloomingdale: A Collection of Culinary Tips and Treasures from the World’s Best Hosts and Hostesses. ‘I believe it is one of the great essentials of life.’ The legendary socialite and philanthropist kept a record of every dinner party she hosted from 1959 until her death in 2016. These notebooks contained lists of her guests, copies of the menus, notes on her choice of flowers, the wine lists and photographic records of place settings. ‘Giving a party or hosting a dinner is in many ways like a performance,’ she explained. ‘You are the producer, director, stage manager, and finally the actor. Dozens of details might go into the simplest occasion.’ Born Betty Lee Newling on August 2, 1922, in Los Angeles to Australian émigré parents, she married Alfred Bloomingdale, heir to the New York department-store fortune and co-founder of the Diners Club, in 1946. According to one newspaper’s obituary, throughout her life ‘she remained the dazzling queen of a beau monde that straddled Hollywood, the White House and the ateliers of Paris.’ When the great and good arrived at the Bloomingdales’ sumptuous Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles, it was the immaculately attired Betsy who made a point of personally greeting them. This applied whether the guests were close friends such as President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, members of Hollywood royalty such as Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Joan Crawford, titans of business and politics, or the ‘natural conversation starters’ — such as ‘a professor at a nearby university or a local artist’ — she regularly invited along to spice up conversation around the dinner table. ‘Always introduce early arrivals to one another,’ Bloomingdale advised, ‘and if they’ve never met, add a detail or two that will start them talking. A skilled hostess knows how to make this look natural.’ Betsy Bloomingdale described a party as being like ‘a dance between hostess and guests, with everyone contributing something to make it a success.’ Success, however, relied on the adherence to certain rules, which included looking the other way when spills or breakages occurred, and insisting on ‘French leave’, which was the practice of guests not making a great fanfare if they had to depart early. Kirk Douglas was one regular guest who appreciated this relaxed approach. ‘Kirk will be the first to admit that he has a reputation for leaving parties early,’ Bloomingdale revealed in her book. ‘Since he’s an old friend, I felt I could say, “Go ahead and leave when you want to. Just don’t say goodnight”.’ ‘Everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles society congregated around Betsy Bloomingdale,’ observes Gemma Sudlow, Head of Private & Iconic Collections at Christie’s. An icon of style as well as a tireless entertainer, she ‘reigned supreme within southern California,’ adds the specialist. ‘There was a perfection that surrounded her in every aspect of the way in which she lived.’ Those fortunate enough to cross the threshold of the William Haines-designed home she shared with her husband on Delfern Drive off Sunset Boulevard were, says Sudlow, offered ‘a sense of who Betsy Bloomingdale was — which is to say fabulous in every respect’. In 2008, when she was well into her eighties, Bloomingdale told Vanity Fair that ‘good food, generous cocktails, a little night music, and after-dinner games all make for a deliciously delightful evening… And a mixture of people with some marvellously wacky guests is also nice.’ There was no great secret, she insisted, to entertaining successfully. ‘You can have all the money and privilege in the world and possess no style,’ she explained. ‘You can spend a fortune on the most elaborate parties and leave your guests feeling bored and let down. Real style comes from within.’ When it came to style, Betsy Bloomingdale was, of course, out on her own. A permanent fixture in annual ‘best dressed’ lists, she championed Dior, as well as Valentino, Chanel, Courrèges and Givenchy. She documented what she wore with the same diligence with which she recorded her lunches and dinners — in her case, lots of colour, particularly red. Detailed notes were kept not only of when and where each gown had been worn, but also with which accessories, such as earrings and belts. In 2009, High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles displayed 60 of her gowns. At the show’s opening, Valentino succinctly described Betsy Bloomingdale as ‘the last of the great women of style’.
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How Rembrandt Made His Etchings
Alexander Massouras demonstrates how the techniques behind some of history’s greatest prints remain unchanged — almost 400 years on Renowned for his work in the medium, Rembrandt came to be recognised as one of the most accomplished printmakers of all time, producing works in intricate detail. ‘The lines follow the contours of what he depicts,’ comments Massouras, citing the individually-rendered hairs on a work such as Old Bearded Man Looking Down. ‘That detail is facilitated by etching.’ Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Alexander-Massouras-demonstrates-how-Rembrandt-made-his-greatest-works-7517-3.aspx
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The Only Known Pair of Matching Singing Bird Pistols – Attributed to Frères Rochat
Aurel Bacs, International Head of our Watch Department, shares his passion and knowledge of the only known matching pair of gold and enamel singing bird pistols. Among the most valuable and important works of art remaining in private hands, the value and ingenuity of these pistols are beyond description and must be seen and heard to be truly appreciated. These pistols were offered in Christie's Important Watches sale in Hong Kong on 30 May 2011. Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Wayne Thiebaud: 'I Knew This Was Not a Good Career Choice'
‘I knew this was not a good career choice,’ says artist Wayne Thiebaud, interviewed in his sunny California studio. ‘Most of the painters I knew were just barely able to survive and had other jobs. But I don’t believe in the idea of success; when we surrender ourselves to that, I think we’ve lost something special.’ Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/Wayne-Thiebaud-Studio-visit-7643-3.aspx In spite, or perhaps because of this logic, Thiebaud is an immensely successful artist. ‘I was lucky,’ he reasons. When he decided to paint, he recalls asking himself ‘How do I do this?’ — realising the answer was ‘with extreme difficulty.’ As an artist, continues Thiebaud, ‘you probably can’t make a living, but you can make a life.’ Thiebaud’s life is composed of ‘alternate universes’ — abstractions inspired by syncopation in music, and a desire to capture human touch. They are works ‘from memory, from imagination, all based on the audacious notion of being omnipotent. I’m a God,’ the artist laughs ‘This, for you, is my world to look at. Isn’t that great?’
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The Priceless Ming Jar Used as an Umbrella Stand
‘The owner always thought this was an 18th-century jar, a decorative object,’ explains Marco Almeida, a specialist in Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie’s in London. This magnificent and very rare large blue and white ‘Dragon’ jar was being used as an umbrella stand, when Almeida got in touch with the owner who agreed to send it to London to be inspected. ‘Once it arrived, we were absolutely speechless,’ the specialist recalls. ‘The more we studied it, the better it got.’ As the team of specialists looked at the jar, they realised they were handling an ‘incredibly important piece of Chinese porcelain from the Ming Dynasty.’ In this video, Chi Fan Tsang, a fellow specialist in Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, discusses the details that make this piece so special, including the significance of the five-clawed dragon, and the cross mark on the base of the vessel. ‘It is an incredibly expensive umbrella stand,’ smiles Almeida. Indeed it was — this dragon jar sold for HK$158,040,000 / $20,447,642 in 30 Years: The Sale on 30 May in Hong Kong. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Discovery-The-Ming-Dynasty-Dragon-jar-being-used-an-umbrella-stand-7581-3.aspx
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Willem de Kooning: Works on Paper
In an exclusive online sale from June 5 to June 19, Christie's presents 33 works by Abstract Expressionist artist Willem de Kooning. The works come from the estate of Dr. Henry Vogel, de Kooning's psychiatrist and friend. Find out more:: http://bit.ly/16tpewB Footage from Willem de Kooning: Artist, courtesy of Masters & Masterworks: http://www.mastersmasterworks.com/
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My Expert Passion: Jewellery
Peggy Gottlieb, jewellery specialist at Christie’s in Los Angeles, reveals how to tell good jewellery from bad. ‘I have the best job in the world — I get to go on a treasure hunt every single day,’ says Peggy Gottlieb, jewellery specialist at Christie’s in Los Angeles. Jewellery has been a central part of Gottlieb’s life since she was a little girl. Growing up in a small town, she remembers frequently asking her father to take her to the local jewellery store so that she could peek inside its case of antique jewellery. When she stumbled upon an auction being taken by the women at the store, she knew she had found her calling Find out more: https://www.christies.com/features/Treasure-hunting-with-Peggy-Gottlieb-9138-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-9138
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A Tour of Frida Kahlo’s Blue House – La Casa Azul
‘People are present in the things they choose to have around them during their life,’ says Hayden Herrera, Frida Kahlo’s biographer, discussing the vibrant blue Casa Azul — the Mexico City house where the artist was born, spent much of her life and, in 1954, passed away. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Frida-Kahlo-Casa-Azul-Tour-Video-7371-3.aspx
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Jewels From the Collection of Gabriela Princess Zu Leiningen
International Head of Jewellery Rahul Kadakia describes a memorable encounter with a Princess and her outstanding collection — offered in the Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction http://www.christies.com/features/Princess-Gabriela-zu-Leiningen-Jewels-7195-3.aspx
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Infinite and the Immeasurable
The Japanese photographer’s work spans decades and, rather than seeking to capture the magic of the decisive moment, aims to evoke ‘the infinite and the immeasurable’. We visit the artist in Tokyo where he discusses his celebrated images of old American movie theatres — offered in our New York sale on 6 April — and shows us the first photographs he ever took when he was a 9-year-old trainspotter. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Hiroshi-Sugimoto-Studio-Visit-8183-3.aspx?sc_lang=en ‘The most advanced evolution of life is a human brain… that’s why I want to go back to the point where humans gained consciousness.’ Hiroshi Sugimoto is discussing his practice from his 7th-floor Tokyo apartment — a minimalist retreat high above the city, its rooms cut with streams of light. ‘I practice photography, architecture, performing arts — many things,’ Sugimoto explains. Today, however, it is his photographic works, which have become among his most renowned, that we are here to discuss. Working with a large-format camera, he often uses long exposures to capture scenes over an extended period of time. The approach is one that has resulted in some of Sugimoto’s most famous works, such as the Theatres series, begun in 1978. To make these images of American movie theatres — using only the light from the screen — the artist matches the exposure to the film’s running time to distil a feature-length production into a single frame. Sugimoto’s interest in photography began when he was a child — now aged 69, he still keeps the first album of photographs he made when he was just 9 years old, in 1957. With the trains in a Tokyo station as their subject, these early shots demonstrate a remarkable awareness of composition — indeed, only the height of the camera indicates that they were taken by a young boy. One of his latest projects, the design for the Odawara Art Foundation, is set to open in Kanagawa in 2017. ‘Architecture is the most beautiful illusion that you can ever make,’ he observes. ‘The human presence may not be for ever, of course — look at Greek or Roman times, or an Egyptian Pyramid. In five or six thousand years, if people still remain, they’ll look at the ruins of modern civilisation. ‘A sense of time is a very important factor of early human consciousness,’ the artist continues. As Sugimoto becomes more distanced from that 9-year-old boy at the train station, his meditations on time take on a more personal tone. ‘I’m going backwards; people are going forwards,’ he muses. ‘The gap between me and the world is getting bigger and bigger. But I don’t care. I just do what I want to do.’
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Terry O’Neill: Photographer of David Bowie and Frank Sinatra
‘I look back on my life and I can’t believe I did all those things,’ comments Terry O’Neill, the British photographer who became renowned for his candid shots of musicians including Elton John, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, and Hollywood greats from Frank Sinatra to Fred Astaire. O’Neill came to photography through unconventional means: ‘My mother wanted me to be a priest, but the priest who was teaching said that I asked too many questions,’ he explains. When he discovered British Airways flew to New York, O’Neill saw the chance to pursue his dream of becoming an international jazz drummer. He became an air steward, taking a job in the photographic unit. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/Terry-O-Neill-My-life-in-pictures-7647-3.aspx ‘That was the start of my photographic career,’ says O’Neill. ‘I went from England and got slung into the centre of Hollywood.’ Early subjects included Frank Sinatra, who allowed O’Neill to follow him as he pleased. ‘I could go anywhere with him — it was fantastic. When I got back to England I realised what a gift he’d given me. He’d totally let me into his life.’ Among O’Neill’s most famous images was a shot of actress Faye Dunaway, captured elegantly dazed by the swimming pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the morning after her Oscar win. ‘She went to bed at 3.30 and got up at 6 o’clock to do this picture,’ he recalls. Dunaway’s Oscar glints from the breakfast table, the morning’s press scattered at her feet. The cameras behind O’Neill’s iconic shots were always Leicas, the German brand that was also a favourite of photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Garry Winograd. ‘The Leica was very important to me,’ says O’Neill. ‘It was a fabulous camera to use — quick as a flash, anywhere, any time.’ O’Neill’s love of Leica led him to establish an extensive collection, which grew to become a ‘family tree’ of the brand’s 107 principal cameras, displayed on a custom-built display unit, by model and date of production. The result is a history of the brand from 1914 to 2014, from pre-production models to the screw-fit Leica series, M-series, R-series, and later digital cameras. The cameras are the tools of an exceptional career, having helped to create what O’Neill describes as his ‘life in pictures.’ For the photographer, that personal outlook is vital for producing his best work ‘You must like the people, that’s the key thing to any job,’ the photographer. ‘For me it comes through in the pictures; that’s the difference between a good picture and a bad picture.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 'Untitled, 1982' – The Devil
Executed in Modena, Italy, in the prime year of Basquiat’s short and brilliant career, Untitled is an epic painting, its monumental size and visceral energy marking it as one of the artist’s seminal works. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s explosive tour de force Untitled, 1982, led Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on 10 May 2016 in New York. It was estimated to realise in excess of $40 million and eventually sold for $57,285,000. As well as having been chosen for the cover of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, Untitled has been included in every major Basquiat retrospective. It contains Basquiat’s heroic portrait of himself as a fiery black devil rising amidst an explosion of paint that has been thrown onto the canvas in the manner of Jackson Pollock. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Epic-Basquiat-to-lead-Post-war-and-Contemporary-sale-in-New-York-7315-3.aspx
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Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style
Few society figures remain as iconic as Betsy Bloomingdale. A true emblem of glamour and style, she epitomised the confidence of a post-war United States — a moment in history in which the sun-soaked terraces and candlelit tables of southern California captured the world’s imagination. Forever draped in haute couture, jewels, and an irresistible smile, Betsy Bloomingdale was a woman defined by joyful elegance. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/Betsy-Bloomingdale-A-Life-in-Style-7952-3.aspx Synonymous with style, glamour, and philanthropy, her private collection — Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style — will be offered across two Christie’s sales, beginning with iconic pieces from her jewellery collection in the Magnificent Jewels auction on 7 December in New York. In this video, Senior International Director of Jewellery Tom Burstein discusses the collection and takes a closer look at some of the standout pieces. From a young age, the collector absorbed the hallmarks of good taste in the California fashion: a combination of intuition and confidence. ‘To me, style in anything you do, whether dressing, entertaining, collecting, whatever, is a sureness of choice,’ Mrs. Bloomingdale remarked in her later years. ‘It can be learned, it can be developed, but to be successful, it mustn’t be perceived.’ In 1946, Betsy Bloomingdale married department store heir and future Diners Club chairman Alfred S. Bloomingdale, the ‘father of the credit card’, with whom she would have three children. Throughout the latter decades of the 20th century the Bloomingdales came to stand as influential figures in business, politics, culture and fashion. With homes in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, they inhabited the world of the newly inaugurated jet set. Among their inner circle, the Bloomingdales counted some of America’s most notable families: names such as Kempner, Buckley, Forbes, Paley, Annenberg and, most famously, Reagan.
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Highlights From the Collection of Mrs. Lily Safra
Rahul Kadakia, Head of our Jewelry Department, discusses highlights from our sale Jewels for Hope: The Collection of Mrs. Lily Safra – sold to benefit twenty charitable institutions in Geneva on 14 May 2012. Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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The Private Collection of Joan Rivers
The late star’s daughter takes a poignant last look at her favourite pieces from the Private Collection of Joan Rivers. ‘One of my mother’s dreams,’ smiles Melissa Rivers, ‘was to be left alone in a Christie’s warehouse with a satchel and nobody supervising her.’ As the only child of celebrated comedian, writer and television host Joan Rivers, Melissa admits she had ‘very, very difficult decisions to make’ when it came to parting with pieces that hold so many cherished memories. ‘There is not one piece in this collection that I would not take back,’ she explains. ‘But I know in her heart, and in my heart, that I’m doing the right thing because my mother maintained that things were meant to be used and loved, and they should go to places where they’re going to be used and loved.’ ‘[My mother] collected three main things: art, jewellery and Fabergé,’ Melissa recalls as she looks through some of the pieces in the sale, including a diamond and platinum flower brooch by Harry Winston Winston and a jewelled and gold-mounted nephrite study of a lily of the valley leaf by Fabergé. ‘She always loved the provenance and the stories behind different pieces… She loved the romance.’ The co-host of Fashion Police goes on to recall how Joan Rivers loved to entertain in her lavish Upper East Side apartment: ‘It was one of those things that gave her great enjoyment,’ she confirms. ‘She was not a minimalist by any stretch when it came to setting a table. She believed more is more, and more is better. My mother used to say her apartment was how Marie Aintoinette would have lived if she had money and taste.’ The offerings from Joan Rivers’ collection offer fascinating insights into her personality — the exuberant energy of the public figure, and the refined connoisseur. Some of the proceeds of the sales will be donated to charity. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Melissa-Rivers-on-The-Private-Collection-of-Joan-Rivers-7445-3.aspx?PID=mslp_related_features
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Andreas Gursky: ‘I Pursue One Goal – The Encyclopaedia of Life’
As the first UK retrospective of the record-breaking German photographer’s work appears at the Hayward Gallery in London, the gallery’s director, Ralph Rugoff, explains why he considers Gursky to be among the foremost artists of our time. ‘Andreas Gursky is to my mind one of the great artists of our generation,’ remarks Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery at London’s Southbank Centre, where around 60 of the photographer’s works are on view until 22 April. The Hayward Gallery’s exhibition is the first major UK retrospective of the German artist, who has said, ‘I only pursue one goal — the encyclopaedia of life.’ Gursky’s monumental, digitally enhanced works depict massive man-made structures and huge gatherings of people in nightclubs, factories, arenas and other social landscapes. They draw attention to our changing relationship with the natural world, and chronicle the effects of globalisation on everyday life. On 8 November 2011, Rhein II, a three-metre wide print by Gursky (b. 1955) realised $4,338,500 at Christie’s in New York, making it the most expensive photograph sold at auction to date. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Andreas-Gursky-at-the-Hayward-Gallery-8861-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#!#FID-8861
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Alberto Giacometti’s 'Portrait of James Lord'
Giacometti’s portrait flashes with intensity and vitality, the summation of his painting http://www.christies.com/features/Alberto-Giacomettis-Portrait-of-James-Lord-6658-3.aspx
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Francis Bacon on 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud'
On November 12, Christie's New York will offer Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud, one of the most iconic paintings by the artist, uniting two of the 20th Century's greatest figurative painters at the apex of their relationship. For more information: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/francis-bacon-three-studies-of-lucian-freud-5739119-details.aspx
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Celebrating 30 Years of Christie’s in Asia
François Curiel joined Christie’s as an intern in 1969. Now the Chairman of Asia-Pacific, he describes the company’s incredible growth in the region as Christie’s celebrates a landmark anniversary Find out more: http://www.christies.com/asia30 Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Herb Ritts: ‘The Camera Was an Extension of His Body’
An exclusive look inside the archives of a photographer whose sumptuous images of rock stars, supermodels and film legends encapsulated an era. As a photographer, said Herb Ritts, ‘you’re trying to get to one moment with one frame that may eventually speak to your generation.’ After shooting close to two million rolls of film before his death in 2002, Ritts did just that, creating some of the most iconic images of his era — for clients including Madonna, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
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Todd Hido: 'I Use Photography to Express Myself'
We catch up with the photographer behind the wheel of his car while cruising through the California suburbs after dark — looking to add to his celebrated series, Homes at Night Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Todd-Hido-Studio-Visit-8191-3.aspx ‘I’ve never had the urge to make a movie and I definitely can’t write,’ confesses Ohio-born photographer Todd Hido. ‘Photography is the thing I use to express myself, or to figure myself out.’ Driving through the suburbs of San Francisco, he pauses occasionally to train his camera on a building that could be the next in his celebrated series, Homes at Night. ‘I always gravitate towards some place that looks like home,’ Hido continues, explaining that his aim is to find a house lit by a single window — a quiet indication of the life that is at the heart of the series. These photographs, he insists, ‘really aren’t about houses. They’re about people.’ Back at his studio, Hido muses, ‘The thing I like about photography is that it can’t talk.’ He cites the photographer Lewis Baltz — renowned for his stark shots of cityscapes — as someone who placed photography somewhere ‘between literature and film’. That space is one that Hido gladly occupies, creating charged images that hint at a narrative only partially seen or remembered. ‘[My photography] is very much led by intuition. I’m piecing together stories about people.’ Alongside his own work, Hido collects abandoned images, arranging them to create monographs that he calls ‘paper movies’. Found in thrift stores, these photographs of unknown people and interiors become ‘cogs in a narrative wheel’. ‘I’m a portrait photographer, I’m a night photographer, I collect found photographs, and the reason I do that is that they’re all components that I’m able to pull together to create a story,’ says Hido. ‘There’s a communication that happens between people and pictures… that’s a really wonderful thing.’
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Master British Ceramicist Bernard Leach, in His Studio, 1952
Above, we present rare footage of master British ceramicist Bernard Leach in his studio in 1952, discussing his artistic process. The film is courtesy of Marty Gross Film Productions Inc., from the upcoming film compendium on the Japanese Folk Craft movement (Mingei). To browse and bid on works from Leach and other studio ceramics masters, see our online-only 20th Century Japanese and British Studio Ceramics sale, which runs from 14 - 28 October. To learn more about Marty Gross’s ongoing efforts to restore and publish archival footage documenting the Mingei movement, visit mingeifilm.martygrossfilms.com.
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Emeralds: From Cleopatra to Beyoncé
Emeralds have captivated everyone from Cleopatra to Beyoncé. Learn more about this glamorous green gemstone from Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry for Christie's Americas & Switzerland.
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The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our auction The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor – from preparing the catalogues to designing the exhibition space for the series of sales to be held at Christie's New York. Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Andy Warhol's Race Riot
Andy Warhol's Race Riot, 1964, is a powerful statement on the historical oppression of African-Americans, and it remains as compelling and relevant as ever. On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Christie's offered this painting in its May 13 Post-War and Contemporary Art auction in New York. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/andy-warhol-race-riot-5792521-details.aspx Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Inside President and Mrs. Nancy Reagan’s Bel Air Home
A guided video tour of President and Mrs. Nancy Reagan’s Bel Air home, ahead of the September 2016 sale of their private collection — and the July preview of sale highlights in London http://www.christies.com/features/Inside-the-home-of-a-President-Reagan-and-his-First-Lady-7533-3.aspx
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The Last Leonardo da Vinci – Salvator Mundi
Art critic, Alastair Sooke, investigates the fascinating rediscovery of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi, one of fewer than 20 surviving paintings accepted as from the artist’s own hand. In 2011, the dramatic public unveiling of Salvator Mundi (‘Saviour of the World’) in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at The National Gallery in London caused a worldwide media sensation. Painted by one of history’s greatest and most renowned artists, whose works are exceedingly rare — fewer than 20 paintings in existence are generally accepted as from the artist’s own hand — it was the first discovery of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci since 1909, when the Benois Madonna, now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, came to light. ‘Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,’ says Loic Gouzer, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s in New York. ‘The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honour that comes around once in a lifetime. Despite being created approximately 500 years ago, the work of Leonardo is just as influential to the art that is being created today as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries. We felt that offering this painting within the context of our Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale is a testament to the enduring relevance of this picture.’ Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/The-last-da-Vinci-Salvator-Mundi-8598-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8598 -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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A Taste of La Vie de Château – The Collection of Jean-Louis Remilleux
Immerse yourself in the splendour of 17th and 18th century French style, with our exclusive video series dedicated to the collection of Jean-Louis Remilleux. Here, Remilleux shares the story behind his collection and the life-long passions that inspired it. Classical French furniture, a stunning collection of equestrian art and historic pieces with links to Louis XIV and Napoleon come together in a harmonious whole within the magical surroundings of his Burgundy château. http://www.christies.com/sales/la-vie-de-chateau-september-2015/
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The Oppenheimer Blue —  A Legendary Diamond
The Oppenheimer Blue is set to be the largest Vivid Blue diamond ever to appear at auction. François Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Asia Pacific and China, shares its story http://www.christies.com/features/The-Oppenheimer-Blue-Diamond-7197-3.aspx
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The Rockefeller Emerald
This 18.04-carat emerald of mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity was once owned by the Rockefeller family. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/The-Rockefeller-Emerald-8327-3.aspx?sc_lang=en
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Princesse Elena: Yves Klein's Favourite Model
Model Elena Palumbo discusses her experience acting as a human brush and participation in the creation of Yves Klein's fire painting, FC1.
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Ancient Jewellery: A Link to Vanished Civilizations
Antiquities specialist Hannah Solomon looks at a selection of stunning pieces that draw a direct line between ancient cultures and the ways in which jewellery is made and worn today Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/Ancient-jewellery-A-window-into-ancient-techniques-7757-3.aspx ‘I love that ancient jewellery provides a window onto ancient techniques and gold work,’ says Antiquities specialist Hannah Solomon. ‘I also think it’s amazing that you can see that styles haven’t changed that much — earrings that would have been worn in the 4th century B.C. in Italy by the Etruscans are quite similar to how we wear earrings today.’ The specialist goes on to look at some standout pieces from the Antiquities sale at Christie’s New York on 25 October. These include a pair of Etruscan gold ear studs from the late 6th century B.C. A pair of Etruscan gold ear studs. C. 530-500 BC. Each: 1¼ in (3.3 cm) diameter. Estimate: $30,000-50,000. This lot is offered in Antiquities on 25 October 2016 at Christie’s in New York, Rockefeller Plaza ‘The Etruscans were master gold workers,’ she explains, highlighting the tightly fitted beading (known as granulation) and tiny wires (filigree) which are fashioned into spiral shapes. ‘These would have been worn by inserting them into the ear and putting a pin behind them, so it’s very much a modern composition and something we see today with ear studs.’ Solomon also shows us an exquisite Greek olive wreath fashioned from hammered and rolled sheet gold that dates from around the 4th century B.C. ‘Olive wreaths would have been used to crown the winners of contests. We don’t believe that these were worn. We think that they were ceremonial, perhaps used in a funerary context.’ The fact that some of the leaves on this wreath have been burned suggests that it was placed on a funeral pyre. A Greek gold olive wreath. Late classical period to early hellenistic. 9½ in (24.1 cm) wide. Estimate: $250,000-350,000. This lot is offered in Antiquities on 25 October 2016 at Christie’s in New York, Rockefeller Plaza This Celtic gold torque from the 4th century B.C. is made from hammered sheet gold, but what makes it quintessentially Celtic are the differences in its design: Greek and Etruscan motifs such as florals and palmettes have been created in raised relief and abstracted so that they turn into faces with spiral eyes and elongated noses. A Celtic gold torque. C. late 4th century BC. 7⅛ in (18 cm) wide. Estimate: $120,000-180,000. This lot is offered in Antiquities on 25 October 2016 at Christie’s in New York, Rockefeller Plaza Ancient jewellery, Solomon suggests, is a wonderful way to get involved with antiquities. ‘There are so many things that are hard for us to understand, be it religion, social structure or politics. But ancient jewellery is quite relatable.’
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Prized Porcelain From The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller
Peggy and David Rockefeller collected and regularly used scores of antique porcelain dinner services. Ceramics specialist Carleigh Queenth and Rockefeller family historian Peter Johnson select their favourites. Find out more: https://www.christies.com/features/The-Rockefellers-and-their-collection-of-prized-porcelain-8979-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8979
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From the Inside Out | Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 'Red Skull'
The human head was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s obsession. Painted in 1982, the year that catapulted the artist to stardom, Red Skull is a powerful expression of his most important motif, set ablaze in primal, technicolour glory. The work is one of around five major known skull paintings executed during this pivotal year. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Red-Skull-by-Jean-Michel-Basquiat-8548-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8548 -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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Mark Rothko's 'No.17'
Painted at the pinnacle of the artist’s career, the rare ‘blue’ canvas is set to be a highlight of Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art sales on 10 May in New York http://www.christies.com/features/Mark-Rothko-No-17-to-lead-in-New-York-7209-3.aspx
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The 600-Year-Old Sword Found in Texas
‘I was stunned when the pieces started falling into place,’ recalls specialist Howard Dixon of the moment an unassuming folio of photographs was presented to him in a restaurant in Texas earlier this year. On the seventh page, a small photograph showed a medieval Italian broadsword — a piece which bore a striking resemblance to another that had been mysteriously missing since the 1940s. Until that moment, says Dixon, ‘no one knew where it had gone, and the trail had gone cold.’ In this video, Dixon reveals how a ‘twin’ sword in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art helped trace the Harriet Dean sword’s history back to 15th century Cyprus — describing what it felt like to make ‘a once in a lifetime discovery.’ Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Discovery-Bashford-Dean-sword-6932-3.aspx
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The Wines That Collectors Look For
Wine specialist Noah May discusses the wines that collectors look for — and why. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/The-wines-collectors-look-for-7770-3.aspx ‘Wine is something that changes and evolves,’ says Christie’s specialist Noah May, speaking from New York’s Landmarc Tribeca restaurant. ‘The difference between a young wine compared to that same wine at 20, 50 or 100 years of age... is an extraordinary journey. ‘Collectors are looking for wines that are balanced, and that have the ability to age and evolve,’ he continues. ‘The old saying is that there is no such thing as great old wines, just great old bottles, and collectors are constantly searching for that one bottle that changes everything.’ The specialist goes on to look at examples of such prized bottles, all of which are offered in the Fine Wines and Spirits sale on 21 October in New York. He starts with a Château Lafite-Rothschild 1961 (2 bottles per lot. Estimate: $1,300-1,800) from Bordeaux — or ‘the very apex of winemaking in the region and one of the five or six greatest vintages of the 20th century’. From there, May advises that a collector might move into a region such as Burgundy, with its ‘lighter, more delicate wines’. A bottle of Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze from 1976 (7 bottles per lot. Estimate: $1,300-1,600) might, he says, be ‘difficult to understand and enjoy at first, but in the eyes of many collectors it’s the absolute zenith in terms of wine appreciation’. One of the most interesting types of rare wine sold at Christie’s is Madeira. ‘[They] are absolutely singular,’ says May, looking at a bottle of HM Borges Terrantez from 1842 (2 bottles per lot. Estimate: $2,000-3,000). ‘What’s amazing about [them] is that they are practically indestructible.’ ‘Wine has been an integral part of culture for centuries,’ May concludes, ‘and these days more collectors enjoy finding wines that offer experiences that you might not find in other regions. It’s an exciting time to be involved in wine, and to be a wine drinker.’
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My Expert Passion: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Chi Fan Tsang, Head of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Christie’s Hong Kong, discusses what she looks for in works of art and explains where her passion comes from. Find out more about how to collect Chinese ceramics: http://www.christies.com/features/chinese-ceramics-collecting-guide-7224-1.aspx
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Francis Bacon’s 'Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer'
Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer from 1963 Christie’s May 17 Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Francis-Bacon-Three-Studies-for-a-Portrait-of-George-Dyer-8185-3.aspx Painted in 1963, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer marks the beginning of Francis Bacon’s relationship with his greatest source of inspiration. This triptych is the very first portrait Bacon made of his long-time muse, who came to feature in many of the artist’s most arresting and sought-after works. The paintings will be offered for the first time at auction in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 17 May in New York. Dyer came to appear in at least 40 of Bacon’s paintings, many of which were created after Dyer’s death in Paris in 1971. The convulsive beauty of this work represents the flowering of Bacon’s infatuation with his muse, and it is only one of five triptychs of Dyer that the artist painted in this intimate scale. The present example once resided in the collection of Bacon’s close friend, Roald Dahl. The celebrated author became an ardent admirer of Bacon’s work after first encountering his paintings at a touring exhibition in 1958, although collecting his work was not financially viable at the time. In the 1960s Dahl’s career hit new heights with the publication of such classic children’s tales as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also wrote the screenplay for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Buoyed by his newfound success, Dahl acquired four judiciously chosen works by Bacon between 1964 and 1967. The present triptych was among them. ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer is a masterful triptych which was completed within the first three months of Bacon’s first encounter with Dyer,’ explains Loic Gouzer, Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art. ‘This powerful portrait exemplifies the dynamism and complex psychology that the artist is revered for. ‘George Dyer is to Bacon what Dora Maar was to Picasso,’ Gouzer continues. ‘He is arguably the most important model of the second half of the 20th century, because Dyer’s persona as well as his physical traits acted as a catalyst for Bacon’s pictorial breakthroughs. The Francis Bacon that we know today would not exist without the transformative encounter that he had with George Dyer.’ Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer was completed during the period of greatest personal and professional contentment in Bacon’s career. When the artist met Dyer towards the end of 1963, he was being showered with acclaim and hailed as a master of figurative painting. This came on the heels of his first major retrospective in May 1962 at the Tate in London, which was followed by a triumphant exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in October 1963. Over the past 40 years, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer has been a central fixture in many of the artist’s most important exhibitions. It was most recently featured in the celebrated 2008-2009 Bacon retrospective which travelled to Tate Britain, London, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It has also been shown in the National Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, among other institutions.
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An Introduction to Old Master Drawings
Old Master drawings specialist Furio Rinaldi looks at works by Italian artists across three centuries, explaining how — ‘like a fingerprint’ — they can offer insights into the creative process. ‘To really understand and appreciate drawings you need to have physical contact,’ explains Furio Rinaldi, Associate Specialist in Old Master drawings at Christie’s in New York. ‘You need to hold it in your hands. [A drawing] has a front, it has a back, the paper has a texture.’ Then there’s ‘the ink, the flowing lines, the chalk; it’s unvarnished, unedited,’ the specialist enthuses. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/An-introduction-to-Old-Master-drawings-8819-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#!#FID-8819
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Alexander Calder's 'Rouge Triomphant'
Alexander Calder's Rouge triumphant will be featured in our in June 27 London Post-War and Contemporary Art auction. Find our more about the work from Francis Outred, Christie's Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. More info: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/sculptures-statues-figures/alexander-calder-rouge-triomphant-5584500-details.aspx
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An Introduction to Outsider Art
Outsider Art is a catch-all term,’ explains Christie’s specialist Cara Zimmerman. ‘It encompasses a lot of different types of art makers, but I tend to classify it as art made by people who weren’t working within the artistic establishment.’ Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/What-is-Outsider-Art-7659-3.aspx Most Outsider artists did not have any formal training: ‘They were influenced by pop culture and the world around them, but not directly by other mainstream artists. In the modern world, says Zimmerman, ‘the idea of an artist removed from society doesn’t exist’. This perhaps explains why the Outsider artists whose work is offered in the Important American Furniture, Silver, Outsider and Folk Art sale on 20 September at Christie’s New York, have earned an ‘important reputation’ in the art world for exploring ‘a world that wasn’t really documented’. The specialist goes on to look at Critter by William Edmonsdon (1874-1951), who she describes as possibly her ‘favourite artist of all’. Edmondson held two jobs for much of his adult life: from 1900 to 1907 he worked for the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway, and from around 1907 to 1931 he served as a janitor at the Nashville Women’s Hospital. After he lost his job at the hospital, Edmondson decided to become a tombstone carver. ‘After a while he started to carve his garden ornaments,’ says Zimmerman, admiring two such pieces offered in the sale. Remarkably, Edmonsdon became the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the MoMA. Bill Traylor lived most of his life on a plantation in Alabama, and only began to make works of art in 1939, around the age of 75. ‘He’s known for creating abstract constructions but what he’s really known for are his animated figures,’ explains the specialist. ‘Thornton Dial was a very political person and by the time he died (earlier in 2016) he had really begun to push the envelope on all sorts of things,’ Zimmerman says, highlighting the example of Open Windows (1992). ‘You think about where this fits into his legacy of work, which is all about struggle.’ Zimmerman confirms she is seeing is a movement towards art that simply cannot be taught, accompanied by a ‘thriving and constantly evolving sense of where this field is going to go.’ These works and more will be on view from 17-20 September at Christie’s, located in the Rockefeller Center in New York. The sale takes place begins at 2pm on 20 September.
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Claude Monet's Personal Collection
‘More than any other Impressionist, Claude Monet was an obsessive, hands-on gardener, steeped in horticultural knowledge,’ explains art critic Alastair Sooke as he walks through the stunning gardens at Giverny, where the artist settled in 1883 and would spend the rest of his life. The gardens became a private paradise — the place Monet considered ‘his most beautiful work of art’. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/The-personal-collection-of-Claude-Monet-8596-3.aspx -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' | 2017 World Auction Record
The breathtaking $450 million (including buyer's premium) sale of Salvator Mundi generates headlines across the world, garlanding a superb week of sales in which nine works realise more than $10 million, a further eight surpass $20 million, and three works fetch over $50 million. An historic season at Christie’s in New York finished on Thursday, with the final total across seven sales hitting $1,421,993,000 / £1,082,817,271. The highlight was the extraordinary 19-minute bidding battle for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in Wednesday’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, culminating in the work being sold for a world-auction record price of $450,312,500 (including buyer’s premium). The depth and quality of art offered across the week was remarkable, with nine works realising more than $10 million, a further eight being acquired for in excess of $20 million, and three achieving more than $50 million. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/20th-Century-Week-wrap-up-report-8746-1.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8746 -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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Constantin Brancusi – La muse endormie | 2017 World Auction Record
20th Century Week opened in New York with the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, which witnessed an extraordinary nine-minute bidding battle for lot 32, Constantin Brancusi’s La muse endormie, a bronze cast in 1913 and the first in the artist’s series of iconic ovoid sculptures. This extraordinary object, which was acquired by the distinguished French collector Jacques Ulmann in the 1950s and has remained in his family ever since, realised $57,367,500 (including buyer’s premium) — the top price of the night — after a dramatic contest between five bidders. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Results-from-Impressionist-and-Modern-Evening-Auction-May-2017-8337-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8337
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Alexander Heinrici: Andy Warhol’s Favourite Printer
Alexander Heinrici, Andy Warhol’s favourite silkscreen printer reveals the special skills that have led many of the biggest names in post-war American art to seek him out, and explains why he believes the medium is the ‘most immediate, painterly form of printing.’ ‘My main profession is to make the artist look good,’ says Alexander Heinrici, reflecting on his distinguished career as a master printer. ‘The artist is the creative element and he gives you a riddle to solve, and you solve it.’ Born in 1945 in Vienna, Heinrici opened his own printer’s workshop in 1968, where he worked with key Austrian, German and Swiss artists. One year later, having outgrown the Viennese art scene, he moved to New York where he opened a print workshop. ‘My routine was to go to Max’s Kansas City [a New York restaurant and nightclub] which was the hangout for the artists,’ he recalls. ‘Jasper Johns was my first client — it was exciting.’ Word of the printer’s talent got around, and soon enough, along came Andy Warhol. ‘He just showed up one day,’ Heinrici says. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Alexander-Heinrici-Warhols-screenprinter-8606-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8606 -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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Francis Bacon's 'Study for Self-Portrait'
Francis Bacon, Study for Self-Portrait will be featured in our June 27 London Post-War and Contemporary auction. Find out more about the painting from Francis Outred, Christie's Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. More Info: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/francis-bacon-study-for-self-portrait-5584464-details.aspx
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