A Banksy painting from the Sir Paul Smith collection will be offered at Christie’s in New York


Christie’s New York recently announced Banksy Sunflowers from the gas station (estimate: $ 12,000,000 – $ 18,000,000) from the collection of Sir Paul Smith will highlight Christie’s XXIst Century Art Sale evening on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

The painting, executed in 2005, will be exhibited in Christie’s Galleries in Hong Kong from October 7 to 12 and in Christie’s Galleries in Los Angeles from October 20 to 23 before returning to New York, where it will be on view from October 30 to 9 next november. sales.

“Following the record-breaking sale of Game Changer (2020) in March – another major oil on canvas by Banksy – we are delighted to offer Sunflowers from the gas station in November. Owned by legendary British designer Sir Paul Smith, the work is an icon in Banksy’s work, capturing not only his ease as a painter, but also the ironic humor he brings to global issues. Here, the pure comedy of faded flowers bought in a gas station becomes a way of highlighting our relationship to art and the environment: both, he recalls, are ephemeral.

Catherine arnold, Christie’s Responsible for post-war and contemporary art, Europe

Sir Paul Smith remark: “What first attracted me to Banksy was his confidence and clarity in communicating something exactly as it is, I was so impressed with his observations on what was going on in the world and this remains true of the work he does today. His political statements are very relevant, really deep, really courageous and always delivered in a modern way. I was delighted to have the opportunity to own some of his work and the sunflower itself presents a brilliantly unique way of thinking about it.

Sunflowers from the gas station were first exhibited in October 2005 as part of Banksy very famous exhibition, Crude Oils: A Gallery of Re-mixed Masterpieces, Vandalism, and Vermin. The twelve-day exhibition showcased a significant group of historic masterpieces of art caricatured by the artist, including works referencing Monet Japanese bridge paintings, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and by Warhol Marilyn, who presents Kate moss replacing Marilyn monroe.

This was the artist’s first exhibition after creating his iconic mural on the West Bank Barrier just two months before, and his first major solo exhibition since Turf War in London in 2003. As recently as ” in March 2021, Christie’s London successfully sold another seminal Banksy oil painting, Game changer, which reached more than four times its high estimate of £ 3.5million to make £ 16.8million, the artist’s current world auction record.

The sunflowers at the gas station are part of a limited group of Banksy works that belong to the field of art objects as opposed to the street art editions for which he is best known. In this example, the artist presents a pictorial and conceptual degradation of Van Gogh masterpiece, Sunflowers. In addition to riffing on the comedy of the withered flowers of the gas station – far from by Van Gogh beautiful flowers – the title implies the pollution of nature and culture by big business.

Banksy humorously subverts the institutional veneration surrounding the canon of art history while simultaneously alluding to issues of environmental damage: two key concerns within his practice.

The reference to Van Gogh also invokes the historic moment of the auction which took place in Christie’s London in 1987 when Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888) became the most expensive painting sold at auction at the time, making $ 39.9 million against an estimate of $ 15,000,000 to $ 20,000,000, tripling the previous world record for any work of art sold at auction.

This landmark moment also served as a catalyst for another Banksy series, a group of prints titled Morons, which the artist began in 2006.

Pre-sales exhibitions

Preview in Hong Kong: October 7 – 12
Preview in Los Angeles: October 20 – 23
New York premiere: October 30 – November 9

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Christie’s, the world’s leading art company, had auctions in the first half of 2019 totaling £ 2.2bn / $ 2.8bn. Christie’s is a name and a place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photography, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $ 200 to over $ 100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history of private sales for clients in all categories, with an emphasis on postwar and contemporary, impressionist and modern, old masters and jewelry.

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