Christie's First Open sale highlighted by kinetic work from New Media artist collective, BREAKFAST

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Christie's First Open sale highlighted by kinetic work from New Media artist collective, BREAKFAST
BREAKFAST, Svalbard Ice. Estimate: $8,000-12,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s First Open Online-Only Sale of Post-War and Contemporary art will be open for bidding through December 18. The sale offers an exceptional selection of artworks at affordable price points for seasoned and new collectors alike. Leading the sale are premium lots by blue-chip luminaries including, John Chamberlain, Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, offered alongside compelling works by newly-minted market darlings Kehinde Wiley, Wolfgang Tillmans and Wangechi Mutu. Click here to view 20 Reasons to Take a Look at First Open.

Among the highlights is Svalbard Ice ($8,000-12,000), a kinetic artwork by BREAKFAST, a collective made up of artists and engineers, directed by Andrew Zolty and Mattias Gunneras. BREAKFAST was formed in 2009 with the goal of connecting viewers to other places, times, and people using forward-looking digital tools and infrastructure, and serving these experiences through original kinetic mediums. Svalbard Ice is part of BREAKFAST’s Climate Change series, which explores up-to-the-minute climate change conditions across various highly affected locations throughout the world.

Svalbard Ice’s visualization represents real time temperatures in the arctic utilizing a balance of blue-discs to gold-discs, which are constantly shifting as the temperature levels rise and fall in Svalbard, Norway. Via a web connection, the work pulls in the latest measurements every few seconds, causing the visualization to fluctuate with the temperatures. Svalbard Ice also aims to reflect climate change’s impact on the viewer. When an individual approaches Svalbard Ice, their image is reflected and altered as the water level shifts. Gradually, the blue disks engulf the viewer’s reflection. Please view a video of the work in action here.

‘We feel compelled to address issues that are urgent and important to the continued survival of our species, at least in some of our works,’ explains Zolty. ‘On a conservationist level, we are committed to showing the world that complex, high-tech artwork can be built-to-last, without creating excess waste or need for constant upkeep. Our pieces require zero to little maintenance and should last for several decades without the need to replace basic components. We have a track record to back it up.’

Additional Highlights Include:

• Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977), Thomas Armory I, oil on canvas. Painted in 2006. $30,000-50,000

•Jonathan Lasker (b. 1948), Prominent Reiteration, oil on linen. Painted in 2003. $30,000-50,000

• Pamela Rosenkranz (b. 1979), Egret White (To Be Free). Ralph Lauren acrylic latex paint (Egret) on emergency blanket. Executed in 2014. $25,000-35,000

• Sarah Morris (b. 1967), Robert Towne (Los Angeles), household gloss on canvas. Painted in 2005. $40,000-60,000

• Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972), Untitled, acrylic, ink, printed paper collage and contact paper on mylar. Executed in 2004. $20,000-30,000

• Sebastian Black (b. 1985), Untitled, oil on canvas. Painted in 2011. $5,000-7,000

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