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    Thursday, March 18th, 2021

    In anticipation of a new era for the art world Christie’s will offer major auctions of “20th Century Art” and “21st Century Art” in New York in May. These sales on May 11 (1880-1980) and May 13 (1980’s into the future) will replace the Impressionist and Modern and Post-War and Contemporary sales.  According to Christie’s the new format will underscore the radical nature of the Modern Masters and their lasting impact on the art being created today, it will emphasise the electricity and relevance of the art created over the past 40 years, and make plenty room for the new – both physical and digital. (Last week the auction house sold a digital non fungible token art collage by Beeple for a record $69 million).

    Alexander Rotter, chairman of 20th & 21st Century Art remarked: ‘This time of upheaval has had an enormous impact on the art world. It has impacted the nature of art that is being created today and has altered our understanding on the art of the past. This new format allows us to bring our new found perspective forward to the market in an exciting and dynamic way. We are looking forward to what the future has to bring.’

    By removing art from the context of its assigned movements, Christie’s seeks to make new stylistic connections, approach topics such as race and revolution from a new lens, and create space to amplify voices that have been historically overlooked and undervalued. The sales will create a new platform to elevate masterworks and discover new and extraordinary works.

    Claude Monet – Waterloo Bridge, effet de brouillard courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2021

    Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, effet de brouillard, (estimate in the region of $35 million, will be joined by Andy Warhol’s Nine Multicolored  Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1979-1986 (estimate in the region of $7 million) in the 20th Century Evening Sale. One of the most influential sculptural works of the last 35 years Martin Kippenberger’s Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich (Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself) from 1989 is a highlight of the May 13 sale. It is estimated at $10-15 million. 

    Martin Kippenberger –  Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich (Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself)  courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2021. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $9,520,000


    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

    Masterworks by Martin Kippenberger and Jeff Koons from the collection of renowned publisher and art collector, Benedikt Taschen come up at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale in New York on May 13.   Leaders of the New York and Cologne art scenes the controversial and ambitious artists first met in Cologne in 1986, where Taschen’s publishing empire was founded a few years earlier. Through Untitled and Louis XIV, Kippenberger and Koons, who possessed strong mutual respect for one another, were both taking the guise of art history to portray themselves, the first one as the greatest of all 20th century painters, Pablo Picasso; the second, as the royal figure of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV.

    Jeff Koons (born 1955) - Louis XIV ($10-15 million)  © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Jeff Koons (born 1955) – Louis XIV ($10-15 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UPDATE: THIS MADE $10,805,000

    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) Untitled - © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) Untitled ($15-20 million) – © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UPDATE: THIS MADE $16,405,000