Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Christie’s is bringing a major exhibition of art and jewelry to the Southland to celebrate the opening of its new flagship in Beverly Hills later this month, the legendary art house announced Wednesday.

From April 20-28, Christie’s will open the doors of its new West Coast arts space at 336 N. Camden Drive with a special exhibition of more than 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper, as well as a selection of jewels, watches and private sale items.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are masterpieces by three titans of 20th century art that will be exhibited together for the first time publicly in the United States:

— Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1962), the first triptych Francis Bacon painted of his great muse;

— Leda and the Swan (1962) by Cy Twombly, a celebrated tour-de-force by the artist that is emerging from a private collection after nearly 30 years unseen by the public;

— Femme assise dans un fauteuil (1917-1920) by Pablo Picasso, a Cubist portrait of the artist’s first wife, the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova.

“This is Christie’s moment to shine in L.A. and we are delighted to have assembled such a stellar exhibition of fine art, jewelry, watches and private sale items to celebrate our grand opening in Beverly Hills,” said Sonya Roth, managing director of Christie’s LA. “Our goal over these next few weeks is to welcome in both new and established collectors to acquaint themselves with all that Christie’s has to offer the L.A. community — whether it is expertise, education, or simply engagement with the beautiful objects Christie’s has been entrusted with. This first exhibition is just the start of a dynamic program to come, and we look forward to officially embarking on this exciting next chapter in the growth of Christie’s on the West Coast.”

The company, which has maintained an office in Los Angeles since 1978, previously announced the new Beverly Hills space as part of its West Coast expansion. The new two-story, 5,400-square-feet flagship building has been completely renovated.

As with Christie’s recent expansion in mainland China, the new multi-use space will house a team of highly respected specialists working across its major collecting categories. Mainland China and the West Coast region of the United States account for the largest influx of new buyers at Christie’s in recent years, according to the company.

Don’t expect to see any of the company’s famous auctions at the new Beverly Hills space, however: Company officials said Rockefeller Center in New York will continue to operate as Christie’s auction saleroom for the Americas.

—City News Service


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