Christie's celebrates Rockefeller Center in new exhibition



2015-06-26 11:26:32

Christie's has announced details of a unique selling exhibition celebrating the artistic history of York's iconic Rockefeller Center.

The exhibition will offer paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs and 20th century design with strong links to the building complex, built by financier John D. Rockefeller, Jr and opened in 1939.

Through the works of artists including Diego Rivera, Paul Manship, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gaston Lachaise, it will explore themes of Jazz, Industry and Design in mid-century American Art the role of murals during the vibrant period in US cultural history.

“Christie's is thrilled to present this private selling exhibition that celebrates the rich artistic heritage of Rockefeller Center, one of the most important building complexes of the 20th Century," said exhibition curator Liz Sterling.

"Combining paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs and 20th century design, Rockefeller Center and the Rise of Modernism in the Metropolis explores themes such as industry, progress and innovation, which were integral to the creation of this national landmark and account for its seminal place in American history."

“The show and catalogue take a new look at the art within the Living Museum of Rockefeller Center, a special museum hardly understood as such that focuses on the art, decoration, and architecture of the 1930s," added noted art scholar and fellow curator William Agee. "By viewing it in the broader contexts of earlier and later American art, the show illuminates the sources of this art and points to its later influences."

The private selling exhibition runs from January 17 until February 25 at Christie's newly opened West Galleries, and coincides with several major art events in the city such as the Winter Antiques Show.

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