lounging in a dilapidated ’20s armchair, found that “her way of being is just that of an artist. It’s a magic that happens naturally. It’s never contrived.”
Chris Levine, the light artist who created a holographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with her eyes closed, in 2007, recently created a similarly ethereal portrait of Moss. He is captivated by her. “Long live the patron saint of naughtiness,” he says. “She has that glint
in her eyes – it makes people crazy for her.”
The images in the auction reveal Kate Moss in many guises, but they repeatedly remind the viewer that she remains, throughout, herself. And this is perhaps her secret. With her “no comment” philosophy, so unusual in today’s celebrity world, she is a silent, ancient muse, who may be seen and interpreted in every way, from gamine to goddess. These works span a life lived mysteriously yet before the public gaze, and speak to us as art tends to do, profoundly and across time.
Kate Moss: From The Collection of Gert Elfering auction, September 25, Christie’s, London;
“Her way of being is just that of an ARTIST.
It’s a MAGIC that
happens naturally. It’s
Kate ‘Aladdin Sane’, 2003. Hand-coated archival pigment print, image/sheet 40 x 30in (101.6cm x 76.2cm). Estimate £25,000-£35,000. “Because of her universal beauty, the compositions that include Kate become increasingly covetable”
Kate Moss, 2008. Archival pigment print, image/
sheet 30 x 24in (76 x
61cm). Estimate £10,000-
£15,000. “The most
amazing quality of Kate
is her talent”
She’s Light (Laser 3), 2013. Chromogenic lenticular image in light-box, signed,
dated, titled and numbered “1/1’ + 1
AP” in ink on artist’s label (backing
board, verso) 53 1/8 x 40 3/4 x 2in.
(134.9 x 103.4 x 5.1cm.). “Kate exudes
stardom but is very grounded. She’s so
playful that her spirit resonates”
Artwork: © Christie’s Images Limited 2013