BRITISH ARTISTS TO HEADLINE CHRISTIE’S
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART
ANTONY GORMLEY’S ACASE FOR AN ANGEL POISED TO SET AN ARTIST AUCTION RECORD
ALSO FEATURING: HURVIN ANDERSON, PETER DOIG AND
Christie’s will present Antony Gormley’s A Case for an Angel I (1989, estimate £5,000,000-7,000,000) as a highlight of Christie’s Frieze Week Auctions. Poised to set an auction record for the artist, Antony Gormley’s A Case for an Angel I is a magnetic and imposing presence, resplendent with an 8.5-metre wingspan. British artists will form a focal point of Christie’s Frieze Week Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auctionon 6 October 2017, which will also feature masterworks by major figures, including Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson and Jenny Saville. This autumn season will bring together a number of key works that demonstrate the power and far reaching impact that British art had in the 1990s and beyond. These will be on view from 30 September 2017 at Christie’s King Street.
Katharine Arnold, Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction: “Antony Gormley has pioneered a poignant type of sculpture reflecting upon the balance of human aspirations versus our physical limitations. A Case for an Angel I (1989) is the original articulation of this concept, configured in the 1:1 size of the artist’s body and with an 8.5-metre wingspan, the sculpture creates a vast optical horizon. We expect the sculpture, which prefigured the artist’s landmark sculpture the Angel of the North at Gateshead, to perform at the highest levels. This October we are also showcasing the best of 1990s painting, from Jenny Saville to Hurvin Anderson who is a nominee for this year’s Turner Prize. Hurvin Anderson’s paintings perfectly capture the elegiac quality of memory and the brilliant colours of his compositions leave you feeling like you have just stepped out of a dream. I am always struck by how extraordinary the surfaces of Jenny Saville’s paintings are. Saville is the champion of the unconventional subject. Through her masterful use of paint she showcases the ‘surprising’ aspects of human beauty.”