Christie’s: In Focus and Summary Texts

Support for a programme of research has seen the online publication of 20 In Focus projects and 500 artwork summaries

Vanessa Bell, ‘Abstract Painting’ c.1914
Vanessa Bell
Abstract Painting c.1914
Tate
© Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett

In Focus projects look at individual artworks from different perspectives, and bring together leading authors working in often diverse fields or disciplines. Some projects include interviews with artists or other specialist contributors, and all aim to make a significant contribution to knowledge in the field. These peer-reviewed projects are an innovative way of exploring the complex histories and significance of artworks in the collection.

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Summaries provide core information on artworks and, in the case of some new acquisitions, are often the first texts to be published about the works in question. They aim to address the fundamental aspects of artworks, including their appearance and materials, and explore the artist’s intentions, the works’ subject matter and reception. As such, they are particularly useful for the general public and specialists alike.

Download a list of all the summary texts sponsored by Christie’s [PDF, 1.02 MB]

Christie’s support of Tate’s programme of collection research demonstrates a commitment to sharing new knowledge and fresh insights with a broad public. It also helps Tate enhance the public’s understanding of the national collection, both in and beyond the galleries.

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