Christie’s London is selling a selection of works that celebrate British supermodel Kate Moss as the modern muse. “Kate Moss – The Collection” is curated by art collector Gert Elfering and will feature photographs, paintings, sculptures, and collages of Moss by some of the world's top artists. The auction will take place on September 25, with a public exhibition starting from September 21 for four days.
“I am pleased to be working with Christie's once again, on this occasion to celebrate the living icon Kate Moss,” said Elfering. “She is the subject and inspiration for this collection, but the importance of the present works is in her collaboration with the internationally renowned artists who created them.”
Included are works by several renowned artists such as Allen Jones whose “Kate Moss (bronze glitter) 2013” is estimated to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000, photographers Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn, Mario Testino, and Mario Sorrenti, and Nick Knight who created a sculpture of Moss as a naked angel in 18-carat gold.
“Gert Elfering has applied his great flair as a curator, to the concept of bringing together a group of outstanding works around the theme of the greatest icon of style of the modern age, Kate Moss,” said Philippe Garner, director of photographs at Christie’s. “Gert recognized the appetite of today's collectors for photographs that confound traditional norms. And so he has worked with the artists involved to create unique or very limited edition printings in a range of scales that, in certain cases, reach dramatic mural proportions. He was also keen to include works in other media, reminding us that photography, while central to our image culture, should, in the hands of its great practitioners, be measured and appreciated among the arts in all media.”
Some of her most iconic images will go under the hammer, including the 2003 photo of Moss as Aladdin Sane that graced the cover of British Vogue taken by Knight (est. £25,000 - £35,000), and the Calvin Klein “Obsession” campaign shot by Sorrenti in 1993 (est. £8,000). Other highlights include a specially commissioned painting and sculpture by Jones, a collage by Sir Peter Blake, and a tapestry by American artist Chuck Close.
“As I saw the collection taking shape, I was delighted by the variety and the consistent power of the works, and I have already enjoyed seeing the positive reaction in the faces of others when they first see them,” said Elfering. “Kate is the ultimate modern muse and we will be seeing her images in major museums and private collections for years to come.”
Moss is one of the most photographed women in the world. She was discovered as a teenager by Sarah Doukas of Storm Models and shot to fame as the waif-like model in Calvin Klein campaigns with Mark Wahlberg in the early 1990s. She broke the mold set by the Amazonian supermodels of the 1980s with her reed-like body and non-conformist looks. Moss has worked with many top artists in various mediums, including Lucien Freud who painted a nude portrait of Moss when she was pregnant, and Sophia Coppola who directed her in a music video for the White Stripes. At age 39, Moss continues to be one of the highest paid models in the fashion industry and is considered one of the greatest style icons of her generation.
“She has altered perceptions for women across the globe, encouraging them towards greater individuality and expressive freedom. There is so much you can learn from Kate - how you should always remain true to yourself, develop your own style, and emphasize your individuality,” said Elfering.
“Kate Moss – The Collection Curated by Gert Elfering,” September 25, Christie’s, London