Christie?s?global,?online-only auction?of original works by legendary pop artist?Andy Warhol?entitled?Andy’s Eye Candy?ends?tomorrow,?June 10! In conjunction with?LGBT Pride month, the sale features over 100 photographs, prints and drawings in?which the artist focused his unique gaze on the male nude, following the same?artistic path of discovery as his?predecessors throughout art history.
View the auction here:?http://www.christies.com/warhol
See a Flipagram video featuring select works from the auction here:?http://flipagram.com/f/CpVpINVu1k
New York/London/Paris/Hong Kong ? Christie?s is pleased to announce the next global online-only auction in its popular series of sales devoted to original works by the legendary pop artist Andy Warhol. Sourced directly from the collection of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the June sale of Andy Warhol @ Christie?s will focus on artworks that offer insight into Warhol?s most exclusive and intimate world. This curated sale, entitled Andy?s Eye Candy, features over 100 photographs, prints and drawings in which the artist focused his unique gaze on the male nude, following the same artistic path of discovery as his predecessors throughout art history. From Thursday, May 29 through Tuesday, June 10th, collectors around the world will have the opportunity to bid online to acquire these exceptional and sometimes intimate works, the majority of which have never been seen in public. With opening bids starting as low as $800, it is possible for collectors and Warhol enthusiasts at all levels to participate.
Throughout his career, Warhol depicted male nudes through photography or drawing, often using gay underground culture as his backdrop. His visual explorations of the complexity of sexuality and desire chronicle the momentous changes within the gay community in the late 20th century, when many young men were flocking to urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans from their suburban and rural hometowns. With the anonymity of the city came the opportunity for a subculture that was both self-sustaining and self-defining. Warhol himself moved from Pittsburgh to New York in the summer of 1949, and witnessed first-hand both the blossoming of the gay community in the 1970s and the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic that battered the community in the 1980s.
Christie?s, the world?s leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2013 that totaled ?4.5 billion/ $7.1 billion, making it the highest annual total in Christie?s history. Christie?s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie?s has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie?s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie?s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled ?760.5 million ($1.19 billion) in 2013, an increase of 20% on the previous year.
Christie?s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Z?rich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie?s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
Photo credit:?? The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.