Can you imagine having sheep in your living room – as furniture? Or having a huge painting of candy hanging on your bedroom wall? These were just some of the art items that were on display at the Post-War and Contemporary Art show at Christie’s Art Auction House in New York City.
On November 11, Christie’s Auction House hosted a special Kids’ Day. Dozens of kids came to create art and to learn about famous artists. Natasha Schlesinger led a tour for all the event attendees. Schlesinger is the founder of a program called ArtMuse that creates educational art tours especially for kids. She taught us all about some of America’s greatest artists, including Andy Warhol. “He was one of the art superstars,” Schlesinger said. “He truly loved America.” Warhol painted things that he loved about our country, including the Statue of Liberty, American movie stars, and even Campbell’s soup cans. He also loved to take photographs. He could be called a pop star of art!
The tour taught us about Roy Lichtenstein, who used an art method called frottage. Frottage is when an artist makes work using only dots of color. You can make your own artwork with frottage by taking a grater and putting it under a paper. As you start to color on the paper, little dots form. Lichtenstein used that technique to make his artwork look like an ad in a newspaper.
We also saw a series of sculptures by Alexander Calder, works that hang in the air. His artwork inspired mobiles, the spinning design that you would usually find hanging over baby cradles. He was very interested in stars, and created his sculptures after them. A candy painting by Barbara Kruger, who is famous for being an advocate of human and women’s rights, caught my eye. As did Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s sheep sculptures.
Christie’s gets their pieces from owners and estates – from people who are looking to sell artwork, jewelry or even houses. The Auction House maintains these famous works of art so people can enjoy them for many years to come.