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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Coinciding with this month’s Master Drawings Week New York, Christie’s will exhibit the work of 51 contemporary artists from the Royal Drawing School. Featuring pieces by students, alumni, and faculty, the works are vast and varied but share a common link of Old Master influence.

Founded by the Prince of Wales and artist Catherine Goodman in 2000, the School is dedicated to raising the “standard and profile of drawing though teaching and practice.”

David Linley, Christie’s Honorary Chairman, Europe, Middle East, Russia and India, said of the collaboration, “When Howard Marks, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Drawing School, asked if Christie’s could help introduce the RDS and its artists, and the school’s important role in arts
education to a US audience, I was delighted to be able to organize an exhibition at Christie’s at the same time as the Old Master and British Drawings pre-sale exhibition.” Linley said, “Together, these two exhibitions show a timeline of draughtsmanship from the 16th Century to the present day.”

Works on display at the exhibition, which will take over three galleries at Christie’s Rockefeller Center, range from colorful renderings of New York landmarks to more abstract pieces. Included is a portrait of actor Christopher Lee by Stuart Pearson Wright, a detailed 10-foot drawing of the Central Park Zoo drawn entirely from memory by Laura Footes, and a life-sized rendering of a horse by Clara Drummond.

All pieces exhibited are for sale.


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