A new season of the big auctions is about to open, this second semester will present important news and outstanding names on the art market. Christie’s has announced the opening of the auction Prints and Multiples (Sept. 13-27), which will counter on some of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular focus on masterpieces made by Britain's most celebrated artists. Among the most coveted lots there are Grayson Perry's monumental prints The American Dream and The Map of Nowhere that are presented in colors never seen at auction, My House series by Christopher Wool, and Yayoi Kusama's Citrouille (I). Followed by a fantastic selection of Damien Hirst’s works, Banksy, STIK, INVADER, Pejac, KAWS, Caroline Walker, David Shrigley, and Jadé Fadojutimi.
At the top of the auction catalogue there are four silkscreens from the Myths series by the Pop art master Andy Warhol including Superman, The Witch, The Star, and The Shadow in which the artist presents himself as the obscure superhero. These works are part of an important corporate collection that can boast a strong representation of the postwar American prints by artists such as the Pop art main exponents Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and David Hockney, and the artists of the Abstract Expressionism Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Brice Marden.
The flagship of the sale is a rare typographic work by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Grande Loge, a work that comes from a large European private collection, described by Götz Adriani as one of the finest works that have ever been produced by Lautrec, which offers a fascinating glimpse on the queer subculture of the late 19th-century Paris. The subjects of the lithograph are Madame Armande Brazier, owner of Au Hanneton, a well-known gay club on Rue Pigalle, and the dancer Émilienne d'Alençon. While the Britain's fundamental contribution to the 20th-century printmaking it is underlined by the presence of Cyril Power’s famous Vorticist-inspired linocut The Tube Station, Bridget Riley’s Untitled (Fragment 3) and Lucian Freud’s wonderful etched portrait of his greyhound Eli.
The public viewing is free and open to all starting from 13 September at 8 King Street in St James’s, London. The masterpieces part of this auction is on view alongside the exhibition of another online auction Picasso Ceramics that offers an astounding variety of drawings and unique works by the master of Cubism.
8 King Street, St James’s
13 Sep 01:00 PM (BST)
13-26 September, 9-5 pm
Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060