Post-War and Contemporary Art Day is led by Banksys Love is in the Air (2002, estimate: £600,000-800,000) an early iteration of his seminal flower thrower motif. Carrying a message of peace, it was this image that cemented Banksys position on the international stage, establishing him both as an artist and as an activist. Following critically acclaimed institutional exhibitions, as part of this auction Christies is offering works by Eileen Agar, Etel Adnan and Paula Rego. The selection includes Eileen Agars Return of Europa (1971, estimate: £12,000-18,000), and Etel Adnans Lumière 2 (c. 1960, estimate: £50,000-70,000) part of a selection of rare early works given to her close friend and former roommate at University of California, Berkeley. Paula Regos School for Little Witches (2009, estimate: £280,000-350,000) depicts a pictorial act of revenge on a teacher who had terrified her as a child.
The work of Post-War Italian masters is represented by Lucio Fontanas early Concetto spaziale, Attese (1960, estimate: £400,000-600,000), and a large scale sculpture Sfera con perforazione (1977, estimate: £300,000400,000) by Arnaldo Pomodoro. There is a figurative section to the sale, highlighted by Rafa Macarróns Primera cita (First Date) (2012, estimate: £50,000-70,000) and Mickalene Thomass MS. PU-SE-KAT #1 (2003, estimate: £70,000-100,000). At almost a metre in height, Thomass work represents the artist's investigations into African American beauty and femininity. Part of this figurative offering is Amoako Boafos monumental self-portrait, Untitled (Standing Nude) (2015, estimate: £150,000 200,000), Adjei Tawiahs Pink Suit (2020, estimate: £15,000-20,000), and Atanda Quadri Adebayos vibrantly colourful work, Let Love Lead (2021, estimate: £8,000-12,000). Further highlights include Yayoi Kusamas Pumpkin [TOWSSO] (2006, estimate: £200,000-300,000), which focuses on one of the artists most celebrated and central motifs, and Flora Yukhnovichs Study of Putti (2017, estimate: £40,00060,000) which demonstrates the artists reimagining of Rococo motifs through a contemporary lens.
Christies Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale is highlighted by Sonia Delaunays Nature morte portugaise (1916, estimate: £350,000- 450,000). This painting is inspired by a sun-drenched Portuguese marketplace and belongs to a group of paintings executed in 1916, relating directly to two other compositions from the same series which are in the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. There are a number of notable Picasso works offered, including the drawing Buste de femme couchée (1939, estimate: £300,000-500,000) and a work from his blue period Mendiant à la béquille (1904, £200,000-300,000) reflecting a time of personal tragedy for the artist, mourning the loss of his friend Carlos Casagemas. A later Picasso work, Buste d'homme (1969, Estimate: £600,000 - 900,000) from a private collection, will be sold to benefit a charitable organisation. Otto Dixs Dame mit schleier (1923, estimate: £80,000-120,000) and Walter Dexels Lokomotive von Vorne (1922, estimate: £120,000-180,000 are highlights from a private German collection.
Alexej von Jawlenskys Stilleben mit Tasse (1908, estimate: £150,000-250,000), a strikingly colourful still life, leads the selection offered by Deutsche Bank Collection. The artist had an increasing obsession with colour when this was painted, inspired by artists Paul Sérusier and Henri Matisse. Three Marc Chagall works are also offered spanning from the 20s to late 60s/early 70s, Scène de cirque (1970, estimate: £600,000-900,000), Les amoureux au village sur fond rouge (1968, estimate: £350,000-550,000), and Tête de vache or La vache (1926, estimate: £250,000-350,000), all vibrantly colourful and depicting the dream like imagery Chagall is known for. A complete set of twelve lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Elles (1896, £400,000-600,000), is one of the most celebrated and sought-after series in the history of printmaking, depicting everyday life within a maison close (brothel) in Paris.
Christies First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online is open for bidding from 23 February until 9 March 2022. Aboudias 6 Partenaires (2020, estimate: £40,000-60,000) is a monumental work featuring six of his celebrated ghostly figures. Born in Côte dIvoire, Aboudias art is inspired by the streets of Abidjan, his home and the countrys economic capital. Complementing the selection of works by Eileen Agar presented in the Day Sale, Eileen Agars Rite of Spring (1971, estimate: £8,000-12,000) is offered as part of our First Open online sale. A grouping of four lots by Etel Adnan from the collection of her former classmate and friend are offered in First Open, alongside the two paintings in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale.
Forty-four photographs from the Ellen and Dan Shapiro Collection include works by Diane Arbus, Candida Hofer, William Eggleston, Elger Esser, Andreas Gursky, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Mosse, Zanele Muholi, Irving Penn, Alex Prager, Viviane Sassen and Cindy Sherman. Estimates range from £600-£50,000, offering collectors of all levels an opportunity to acquire works from this visionary photography collection.
Six paintings are offered by William Alsop, the British architect and Royal Academician, who is known as one of the UKs greatest architectural talents. They will be sold to benefit the Stephen Lawrence Architecture Prize, which aims to encourage and reward new architectural talent.