Christie’s Announces London Now A Festiva Of Art & Literature

Christie’s recently announced London Now, an innovative summer season of exhibitions, events, and auctions taking place during June and July 2022 at its headquarters in the historic heart of London’s St. James’s.

London Now will celebrate the capital as a global cultural hub, recognizing the part London has played throughout the centuries bringing together artists, writers, poets, and art lovers, a role it continues to play. Honoring London’s unique identity and vibrant diversity, the London Now festival calendar will feature specially programmed exhibitions, talks, and events free to attend and open to the public under the banner of The Art of Literature.

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Christie's Announces London Now A Festiva Of Art & Literature

Auction Highlights Exhibition will run from 6 to 15 June, encompassing a selection of outstanding lots from Christie’s auctions during June and July. In addition, there will be The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition which will run from 6 June to 15 July. Both exhibitions will be curated to present the finest examples of works from categories including books, antiquities, 20th and 21st Century Art, Decorative Arts, and Old Masters.

Works of art will be united with the novels, poetry, drama, and stories that have inspired them, and which they, in turn, have inspired. Curated by Christie’s next-generation of specialists, the exhibitions will seek to engage and provoke discussion.

Furthermore, Christie’s is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with English PEN, one of the world’s first human rights organizations, on a landmark philanthropic literary auction to raise proceeds for the charity. First Editions, Second Thoughts an online sale taking place from 28 June to 12 July will offer prized first editions, uniquely annotated, illustrated, or supplemented, by over 80 leading authors and artists of our time.

Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Bernardine Evaristo, and Edmund de Waal amongst many distinguished authors have added their handwritten thoughts, notes, or illustrations to these remarkable books.

Orlando Rock, Chairman, Christie’s U.K. comments, ‘Following the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in early June, Christie’s will celebrate London as one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, with an immersive summer festival of exceptional auctions, views, exhibitions, and events.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to experience the juxtaposition of outstanding works of art with literary influences. It’s also our privilege to partner with English PEN, one of the world’s oldest human rights organizations, for an extraordinary auction of first editions with annotations by some of the greatest living authors of our time’.

Co-curators of The Art of Literature, Victoria Gramm (Specialist, Post-War and Contemporary Art); Mark Wiltshire (Specialist, Books, and Manuscripts), and Annabelle Scholar (Associate Director, Client Advisory EMEA) comment, ‘As co-curators of The Art of Literature we have relished the opportunity to thread a narrative between writers and artists from the classical period to the present day.

Works of art and literature on show will range from Dante to Hilary Mantel, and Roman antiquities to Marlene Dumas, truly bringing the correlation between the visual arts and their literary influences to the forefront of this exciting series of events during the summer season.

London Now is part of a summer program of cultural highlights taking place at Christie’s locations across Europe this year.

The London Now Programme Includes

6 June – 15 June The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition
6 June – 15 July The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition
8 June – Christie’s Lates – The Art of Literature. 6.00pm – 8.30pm. Christie’s open their St James’s headquarters to the public to attend a free evening of talks, workshops, performances, and exhibitions with external contributors and Christie’s specialists
28 June – 12 July First Editions, Second Thoughts: An Auction in Support of English PEN

Further details regarding London Now and events open to the public are to be announced in the coming weeks.

London Now will also encompass the 20th and 21st Century Art sales in June and will conclude with the Classic Week sales in July.


Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and 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, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.