On 14th March, Christie’s will auction the George Michael Collection. The Pop icon started collecting art after meeting Young British Artists artists such as Sarah Lucas, Sue Webster, Damien Hirst and Michael Craig-Martin among others, reveals Goss, the co-founder of the Goss-Michael Foundation. ‘The art collection was part of him. The YBAs’ openness and honesty about life, death and sex were a huge part of his world.’
Proceeds from this sale, including catalogues, will be used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work. Centred on the triumph of the Young British Artists, the artworks on sale explore conceptual and visceral ideas. While their practices were dizzyingly diverse, the YBAs were broadly united by a democracy of materials and meaning.
“This exceptional collection captures the essence of creativity associated with Britain during the 1990s. The friendships that existed between the artists at the helm of this zeitgeist are the foundations upon which it was built and this was complemented by the personal relationships George Michael then developed with the artists.” Cristian Albu, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe, Christie’s said in a statement.
“Traditionally there’s a very strong connection between British pop and Brit art,’ comments Graham-Dixon. ‘When the YBAs first came to prominence they did so almost like rock stars.”