Christie's announces the launch of VICE and VIRTUE

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Christie's announces the launch of VICE and VIRTUE
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your taste is in your mouth), photographic silkscreen on vinyl, executed in 1995. Estimate: $250,000 - 350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the launch of VICE and VIRTUE. This series of thematic Post-War and Contemporary Art Online-Only sales thoughtfully touch upon our collective reality during these disrupted times. VICE, will be open for bidding from May 12-27 and will be followed by its counterpart VIRTUE, which will be open from May 29-June 12.

A feel-good sale about the human inclination towards hedonistic escapism, VICE provides much-needed reprieve from our new reality, with offerings by Pictures Generation queen Barbara Kruger, sharp jokester Richard Prince, consumerism commentator KAWS and many more. Working across methods and mediums, these artists capture the essence of the pleasures with which we fill our time and transmute minutes to meaningful, and sometimes salacious, moments.

On the other side of the spectrum is VIRTUE. Through the lens of goodness, reverie, color and fantasy, this selection for sale will focus on the idea of virtue as a creative escape. Traditionally, the seven virtues refer to prudence, fortitude, temperance, justice, faith, hope, and love. The selection for sale plays with visual iterations of these themes, featuring works that give an impression of brightness, richness and radiance that bring us to blissful inner worlds, both real and imagined.


• Roy Lichtenstein, Ceramic Sculpture 13, glazed ceramic, 1965. This work is unique. $300,000-500,000

• Richard Prince, Untitled (de Kooning), acrylic and inkjet on canvas, 2007. $600,000-800,000

• Andy Warhol, Work Boots (Positive), acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1985. $250,000-350,000

• Damien Hirst, Beautiful Shattering Shuddering Can You Feel the Earth Move? Painting, household gloss on canvas, 2008. $250,000-350,000


• Damien Hirst, Stearic Anhydride, household gloss on canvas, 2007. $180,000-250,000

• Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Light On, Liquitex on canvas, 1972. $30,000-50,000

• Anthony Caro, XL, painted steel, 1967. $100,000-150,000

• Jean Dubuffet, Cafetière et petit chaudron avec clef, vinyl on paper mounted on canvas, 1965. $280,000-350,000

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