Lot 010697
signed and titled 'D. Moffett Lot 010697' (on the reverse)
oil on linen
14 x 11 x 238in. (35.4 x 28 x 6cm.)
Painted in 1997
Nicole Klagsbrun, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2000.
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Christie’s is pleased to present Ambassadors of the Now, an exceptional selection of works from a leading collection which will be offered across our First Open and Day sales in London and online.

Ambassadors of the Now represents the efforts of an important private collection whose mission concentrates on raising arts awareness, supporting and lending to institutions, and nurturing London’s artistic community. Since the 1990s, the collection has constantly evolved, responding to new ideas and movements in art and growing with the artists and institutions it has supported.

Indeed, this collection understands the role of art within the everyday and, over the past two decades, it has worked to represent and amplify a diversity of voices and experiences. Drawing from the significant movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, the art of the collection is united by a courageous aesthetic thesis. Conceptual works such as Dining Scene (Two Greys) with Disruption at Source (Red, Yellow, Blue) by John Baldessari, Richard Prince’s Untitled (My Boyfriend married a girl), Rosemarie Trockel’s Untitled, and Untitled (Social Pudding Corner) by Rirkrit Tiravanija + Superflex make clear the devotion to the vanguard. Such considerations are transmitted through the innovative vocabularies found in the more recent works of Wade Guyton, Wilhelm Sasnal, and Abraham Cruzvillegas, among others. Yet the collection has always been invested in figuration, as seen in Elizabeth’s Peyton’s delicate portrait John Lydon or the dreamy expanses of Justine Kurland’s photographic terrains.

Across the collection, colour is decadent, vibrant, and powerfully emotive. In works by Valeska Soares, Tim Gardner, Clement Rodzielski, it is a sweeping almost structural force. A similar expressive intensity can be seen in the collection’s considerable photographic holdings by artists such as Jeff Wall, Damián Ortega and Shirin Neshat. Like these images, the collection too is forward-looking, connected, and incandescent. Coming together in a vivid ensemble, Ambassadors of the Now presents a vision of art’s place in the world and its role as a vehicle of personal expression.

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