When the Lucian Freud portrait of a pregnant Kate Moss sold at auction in 2005 for £3.9 million, a line was drawn in the art-world sand: Moss was confirmed as the creative muse for her generation. Alongside Freud, a raft of international contemporary artists and photographers – from Marc Quinn to Mario Testino – have sought her out as a subject. She is a patient collaborator. In the case of Freud’s painting in 2002, she sat for the artist for nine months. Enduring, committed and compelling – she has proved the perfect artist’s muse.
This month, Christie’s in London is holding an auction of Moss artworks. It is in association with world-renowned curator Gert Elfering, who is himself a collector of art featuring Moss. There will be 58 works in the landmark event, including photography, sculpture and specially commissioned
The diversity of the work displays the myriad appeal of Moss and reveals how some of the
“You can CHANGE
Kate a MILLION ways
and she still looks AMAZING. She’s a CHAMELEON
world’s leading contemporary artists have diversified from their familiar mediums in their work with her.
As well as creating one of his signature resin sculptures (in A model Model), pop artist Allen Jones has photographed Moss “to prove himself in her world”, resulting in an arresting image of her posing in a plastic body case. Fashion photographer Nick Knight has made his first foray into sculpture with Porcelain Kate, portraying Moss as an angel with wings and a crown of thorns. Chuck Close, more usually described as a neo-realistic painter, has created a tapestry, woven on jacquard, with a near photographic level of detail.
Dreamy In Red Dress, 2013. Chromogenic print, image 38 x 38in (96.5 x 123.2cm); sheet 40 x 60in (101.6 x 152.4cm). Estimate £20,000-£30,000. “Kate has a glint in her eye that is infectious”
Kate, 2007. Jacquard tapestry, 103 x 72in (261.6 x
Kate Moss On Lounge Chair 1, Glen Cove, NY, 1995. Chromogenic
print, image/sheet 46½ x
70in (118.1 x 177.8cm). Estimate £20,000-£30,000.
“The thing about Kate is you let her walk about and be herself”
Artwork: © Christie’s Images Limited 2013