In today’s global art scene, what defines a universal artistic icon? Meet the most important 20th and 21st century masters, tracing art historical influences and discovering geographical, cultural interlinks.
Bringing together senior Christie’s specialists from New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and South East Asia, this 7-week, multi-city virtual programme offers a global view of the key themes and artists of postwar and contemporary art. These market experts will also take you to explore the world’s most important art centers, including main artistic discourses, art world tastemakers and market dynamics.
Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), In This Case, 1983. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
International Director and Co-Head of Department, 20th/21st Century Art, Christie's Asia Pacific
Cristian Albu is Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art London. Joining Christie’s in 2012, he has 12 years of experience in the international contemporary art market, five years respectively in Client & Business Development and Contemporary Department with another international auction house, during which he oversaw the expanding business and client strategy in Asia, Turkey and Russia, working closely with the Chairman’s Group of those regions, since joining Christie’s, Cristian has been responsible for 10 highly successful auction seasons in London. Throughout the summer of 2015, Cristian curated the private and museum loan exhibition Reflections on the Self, at Mayfair Christie’s, a survey of self-portraiture from 1500 to the present, from Albert Durer to Thomas Struth, from Henry Matisse and Marcel Duchamp to Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, Cindy Sherman and Gerhard Richter. In July 2016, Cristian was closely connected to the Defining British Art: Evening Sale, curated as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the company, which resulted in an outstanding number of world records for artists across the generations. The diverse works of art represented provided a journey through British art over four centuries and raised $140million. Most recently Cristian was the Head of October Evening sale which double its low estimate and created new world records for 8 artists, the incontestable start of the night being the Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie, selling over six times the estimate reaching a whopping US$9 million mark.
Cristian graduated with a First Class Degree from Low Danube University with a BA in International Economic Relations. He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Art Business at the Sotheby’s Institute in London, where he wrote his dissertation on Eastern European Modern and Contemporary Art.
Deputy Chairman, Post-War & Contemporary Art Department, Christie’s New York
Sara Friedlander is the Deputy Chairman of the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s New York. In this role, Sara works with important private collectors, institutions and museums, advising on acquisitions and sales both privately and at auction. Since joining in 2006, Sara has distinguished herself as both a team member and specialist. She has led and contributed to some of Christie’s most important auctions and consignments including The Eppler Family Collection, Property Sold to Benefit the Donald and Barbara Zucker Family Foundation, The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection, and The Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection. Previously, Sara oversaw seven of Christie’s most successful auctions as the head of the New York Evening Sale, including the highest grossing sale of all time.
Sara graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Art History, with minors in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. She completed her Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts at the Sotheby’s Institute in London. Sara is the Co-Chair of the Contemporary Circle at the Jewish Museum, on the Contemporary Council of the American Friends for the Israel Museum, is a member of the board of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and is on the board of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University.
Senior Director, Co-Head Post-War & Contemporary Art Europe, Christie's London
Katharine Arnold is the Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art Europe. She graduated with first class honours from the University of Oxford in 2006, gaining master’s degrees in both International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2007 and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2009. Prior to joining Christie’s she worked in Global Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch in London.
Katharine began her career at Christie’s in 2010 and has always been dedicated to the Evening Auction: first, with a focus on research and scholarly writing for the auction catalogues and then as a specialist. She authored and designed many of the major vanity catalogues to accompany the sale of record breaking works in London. In 2013, Katharine was responsible for writing and creating the 200 page book which accompanied the sale of Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) by Francis Bacon, which made the world record for any work of art at auction selling for US$142million.
Katharine has worked on 18 successful auction seasons in London including several important single owner collections. Most recently she has been responsible for the Leslie Waddington Collection auction at Christie’s which sold 100% by lot and 100% by value. She was also head of sale for the Essl: 44 Works single owner collection auction, which represents the highest pre-sale value, single owner collection of Post-War and Contemporary Art, ever to be offered at auction in Europe. In July 2014, Katharine was closely connected to the successful sale of Tracey Emin’s My Bed, which resulted in an outstanding result of £2.5million, more than 3 times the low estimate and six times higher than the artist’s previous record. In 2014, she also helped to raise over £1.2million through a live charitable auction for Kevin Spacey’s The Old Vic Theatre in London, serving to secure the theatre’s future improvements and education programme.
Senior Specialist, Head of Evening Sale, Christie's Paris
Paul Nyzam is the Head of Evening Sale and Specialist for Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Paris, and since 2016, he has become the Co-Head for the Paris Avant-Garde sale, held annually during FIAC week. Paul is responsible for the sale of many distinguished private collections in Paris, including amongst others that of the Jean-François and Marie-Aline Prat collection in 2017, which until now still holds the auction record for a private post-war and contemporary art collection ever sold in France (€39m). The auction also saw Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Jim Crow achieve a record price in France for the year (€15m). Paul secured the consignment of Pierre Soulages’ Peinture 186 x 143 cm, 23 décembre 1959 (US$10.6m), setting a world record for the artist and for a French living artist, and he was instrumental in selling Nicolas de Staël’s Grand nu debout (US$2.1m) – a record price for the artist. Both successes achieved in 2018. Paul holds a Master’s degree from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and HEC Paris.
Associate Vice President, Specialist, Post-War and Contemporary Art Department, Christie’s New York
Noah Davis is an Associate Vice President in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department in New York, specializing in Digital Sales of both physical and NFT-based art. Over the past several years, Noah acted as Specialist Head of Sale for the department’s First Open online-only auctions, contributing to the increasingly successful results of Christie’s virtual programming. More recently, Noah spearheaded the historic sale of Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days, establishing Christie’s as the vanguard traditional auction house for NFT offerings. Noah also assists the department with business-getting and client engagement for auction and private sales. He joined Christie’s in October 2014 as a cataloguer for the Afternoon Session of the Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale. Prior to joining Christie’s, he was a Post-Sale Manager at another international auction house and worked in the publications department of New York’s Gagosian Gallery. Noah earned his B.A. degree in English at New York University with a focus on absurdist post-war French theater.
Senior Specialist, Head of Sale, Southeast Asian Art, Christie's Singapore
Based in Singapore, Dexter How is Senior Specialist, Head of Sale for Southeast Asian Art for the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department. Dexter started with Sotheby’s in 2006 in the Southeast Asian Paintings department and prior to joining Christie’s was at Richard Koh Fine Art managing the art space in Singapore. Since joining Christie’s in February 2015, Dexter has been instrumental in business getting and coordinating business development opportunities in the region. He has a keen interest in modern and contemporary Asian art, and has been pivotal in the Southeast Asian Art department achieving market share in Asia and has helped the department achieve world record prices for notable Southeast Asian artists such as Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur De Merprès, Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Natee Utarit. Dexter is a key member of the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department, leading the Southeast Asian Art team and expanding and integrating Southeast Asian Art within the broader Asian art framework.