Realizing more than £37 million at auction, David Hockney’s Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969) is the first work by the artist to be registered on the blockchain in the Artory Registry. The work comes from Hockney’s ‘Double Portraits’ series of monumental paintings and has been likened to Italian quattrocento Annunciation triptychs.
Henry Gendzahler, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, had a close friendship with Hockney until Gendzahler’s death in 1994, and the work depicts him and his partner, Christopher Scott, in their New York apartment.
According to Marc Porter, Chairman of Christie’s Americas:
Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott is not only an extraordinary example from the artist’s most celebrated series, it is also a poignant representation of one of the 20th century’s greatest curators. Hockney captured Geldzahler at a particularly decisive moment when the curator was organising his most revolutionary exhibition. New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940–1970 received such fanfare that it would soon become universally known as “Henry’s Show.”
This piece, and many others, can be seen on the Artory Registry.
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