Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million

$1.4 Million raised to benefit flourish: Art For The Future – supporting STXBP1 disorders.

Post-War to Present kicked off the fall season of contemporary art sales at Christie’s New York, with lively and engaged bidders participating online, on the phones, and in-person in the Rockefeller Center saleroom. The auction totaled $25,755,534, 89% sold by value, selling 107% hammer above low estimate.

The Post-War to Present sale foregrounded a group of seventeen contemporary artworks donated by artists and galleries and sold to benefit FLOURISH: Art for the Future, an initiative by Bridget Finn of Reyes | Finn Gallery. The group was 100% sold, totaling $1,430,730, achieving 179% against the low estimate, with proceeds funding research to cure STXBP1 disorders. Leading the group was Three Ghee Sunrise by Derek Fordjour, which realized $302,400 against an estimate of $120,000-180,000.

Strong results were also seen by Laura Owens’ Untitled, which sold for $252,000, Bufly No. 8 (Mello Yello) by Eddie Martinez, and Robot Living Stone by Jonas Wood—each painting surpassing its high estimate of $200,000 to sell for $239,400.
The top lot of the Post-War to Present sale was Violet Sunset, a 1962 canvas by Lynne Drexler, which sold for $781,200—well over its estimate of $300,000-500,000.

Additional highlights included a fantastic group of abstract works, including Idylls I by Sam Gilliam and Untitled (Moon Surface #1) by Vija Celmins both of which achieved $756,000. Christina Quarles’s 2017 painting A Shaddow of Whut I Once Was also realized a strong price, selling for $693,000.

Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million
Flourish: Art For The Future — Supporting a Cure for STXBP1 Disorders
JONAS WOOD (B. 1977)
Robot Living Stone
Oil and acrylic on canvas
20 x 16⅛ in. (50.8 x 41 cm.)
Painted in 2021.
Price realized: $239,400
Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million
Flourish: Art For The Future — Supporting a Cure for STXBP1 Disorders
DEREK FORDJOUR (B. 1974)
Three Ghee Sunrise
signed and dated ‘FORDJOUR ’22’ (on the reverse)
triptych: acrylic, charcoal, cardboard and oil pastel on newspaper mounted on canvas, in artist-appointed frame
22 1/2 x 80 1/4 in. (57.2 x 203.8 cm.)
Executed in 2022.
Price realized: $302,400
Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million
Flourish: Art For The Future — Supporting a Cure for STXBP1 Disorders
LAURA OWENS (B. 1970)
Untitled
dated ‘2022’ (on the overlap)
oil, pastel and resin on linen
26 x 26 in. (66 x 66 cm.)
Executed in 2022.
Price realized: $252,000
Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million
SAM GILLIAM (1933-2022)
Idylls I
signed and dated ‘Sam Gilliam 70’ (on the reverse); titled ‘IDYLLS I’ (on a label affixed to the reverse)
acrylic, metallic paint, crayon and synthetic cable on unstretched canvas
installation dimensions variable: 76 x 61 in. (193 x 154.9 cm.)
Executed in 1970.
Price realized: $756,000
Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million
LYNNE DREXLER (1928-1999)
Violet Sunlight
signed, titled, and dated ‘LYNNE DREXLER VIOLET SUNLIGHT 1962’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
32 x 49 3/8 in. (81.3 x 125.4 cm.)
Painted in 1962.
Price realized: $781,200
Post-War To Present Totals $25.8 Million
CHRISTINA QUARLES (B. 1985)
A Shaddow of Whut I Once Was
signed, titled, and dated ‘Christina Quarles 2017 A SHADDOW OF WHUT I ONCE WAS’ (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm.)
Painted in 2017.
Price realized: $693,000
Christies

editor

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.