Christie’s – Online Magazine No.190
Powerful, contradictory, moving: the critic’s verdict on a group of Richter paintings from the 1980s
As a superb selection of Gerhard Richter’s paintings from the UniCredit Group comes to auction in London during Frieze Week, art critic Adrian Searle celebrates the work of the world-renowned German artist Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) is ‘the most complicated of painters’, observes the art critic Adrian Searle
‘Just Marilyn, me and the camera’: the inside story of the star’s most intimate photo shoot
On a dark November evening in 1961, 27-year-old Canadian photographer Douglas Kirkland waited nervously for Marilyn Monroe in the Hollywood studio he had rented for their scheduled photo session. The fresh-faced photographer, who had made his name photographing Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich, had been commissioned to capture a ‘sizzling’ picture of the screen siren for Look magazine’s 25th anniversary issue.
Don’t let your children see this — a scaled-down ‘toy’ Ferrari with a top speed of 55 mph
This Sbarro ‘Ferrari’-style toy car is not only exceptionally rare, it also has royal provenance. Christie’s specialist Adrian Hume-Sayer tells us more about this ‘remarkably lavish’ children’s gift Originally designed and built by Franco Sbarro, the maverick Italian-born, Swiss-based automotive legend, this ‘Ferrari’-style children’s car is a faithful scaled-down replica of the legendary 1950s 250 Testa Rossa, the racing sports car built by Ferrari between 1957 and 1961.
Body of work: an important early Gormley, and the curator’s take on his new London show
Sarah Lea, co-curator of the Royal Academy’s major new show, talks to Christie’s about assembling ‘the most logistically complex exhibition we’ve ever done’. Growth, an important early work by Antony Gormley, is offered in London on 4 October ‘Within the body there is a doubling of many of the organs: two sides of the brain, two eyeballs, two ears, two lungs, two testicles, two kidneys, two hands, two legs,’ says Antony Gormley. ‘I wanted to make single sculptures that extend this mirroring to two complete bodies conjoined.’
At home with Lee Bouvier Radziwill — two friends recall her impeccable style and taste
My memory of my first encounter ‘à deux’ with Lee is very vivid. It was one of those crisp winter mornings in New York and I walked a few blocks to her apartment on 72nd street. I wasn’t sure what to expect. To my surprise we were alone.
Perfection versus chaos — journeys into material and form with sculptor Jonathan Prince
As the New York-born, Massachusetts-based sculptor’s private selling exhibition opens at Christie’s Sculpture Garden on Madison Avenue, he explains how his work reflects ‘the duality of perfection versus chaos’ ‘Sculptural works sometimes present more questions than there are answers,’ muses Jonathan Prince. We are at the sculptor’s impressive HQ in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, some 90 minutes north of New York City. ‘I’ve been up here for the last 15 years,’ he explains.