Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy is a private selling exhibition showcasing the contemporary explosion of street art, charting a course through post-punk New York, millennial Britain and beyond. From the illicit and illegitimate to the painterly and political, it celebrates the negotiation between street and studio over nearly half a century.
The exhibition opens for browsing online and is on view at our King Street galleries from 12 April–7 May, including weekends from 12 to 5pm. Our London galleries are now open for public viewing, following government guidelines. Private clients and the wider public are able to visit with other members of their household, and trade clients with their working group. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on how to buy and sell privately at Christie’s.
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Some of James’s favourite past consignments include the pair of Andy Warhol’s Moonwalk which set a record price for the subject at auction (sold for ￡341,000, March 2019) and works from the collection of Dr. Heinrich Becker including a rare impression of Edvard Munch’s The Girls on the Bridge (sold for ￡125,000, September 2017); as well as rare editions sold by Private Sale.
As Head of Sale for Banksy editions at Christie’s, James has a keen interest in contemporary printmaking and has set the record price for a Banksy print with Girl with Balloon - Colour AP (Gold) (sold for ￡395,250, September 2019) and for STIK, with the deluxe set of Liberty (sold for ￡200,000, September 2019). James also consigned and curated the online auction Feelings in Colour, a celebration of Howard Hodgkin’s graphic works which set a record price for an editioned print by the artist with the monumental As Time Goes By (Red) (sold for ￡68,750, April 2019).
He read Art History at University College London, where he gained a Masters degree with distinction in History of Art in 2013 with a thesis on Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Adam and Eve.
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