Amor Fati Art Founder Christopher Wolf Shares His Favorite Artworks from Our 40 Under 10 Auction

The art advisor shares his favorite prints from our current artnet Auctions sale '40 Under 10.'

Art Advisor and Amor Fati Founder Christopher Wolf. Photo by Caroline Owens.
Art Advisor and Amor Fati Founder Christopher Wolf. Photo by Caroline Owens.

Amor Fati, Latin for “Love of Fate,” is an apt name for Christopher Wolf’s advisory firm. Christopher was raised in a family with a curatorial background: his mother worked as a curator for the Paine Webber collection under Donald Marron, incorporating works by Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Longo throughout all working spaces of the firm. Exposed from an early age to the philosophy that art should be accessible to all, Christopher quickly followed in his family’s footsteps. After completing his Masters at NYU, he worked in the Contemporary art department at Bonhams for two years before venturing out on his own.

As an advisor, Christopher is notable for his focus on transparency, and making each client feel as important as the next whether they are adding a masterwork to an established collection or just starting out with a first purchase. He understands and emphasizes the importance of finding the right guidance in building a collection, and wants to remind young collectors that there is no place too small to start.

We asked Christopher, who has nearly a decade of experience in the art world, to select his favorite works from our current artnet Auctions sale, 40 Under 10. Live for bidding now through May 22, this online auction includes prints from the 1960s to today from John Baldessari, Raymond Pettibon, Jasper Johns, Wayde Guyton, Sol LeWitt, Ai Weiwei and more—all under $10,000.

Read more about which prints from 40 Under 10 caught Christopher’s eye below!


Wall Painting I (2007)

Bridget Riley

“I love Bridget Riley because she so beautifully converses with art history in her work. The Cadence works of the late 1990s are amongst my favorite of Riley’s oeuvre because they encapsulate the disruption in visual perception that she is so famous for while also distilling the colors of the natural world as she drew inspiration from such masters as Cezanne and Matisse. I can’t help but think of Riley looking at the undulating forms of Matisse cutouts as inspiration for the curvilinear Wall Paintings as she found a completely unique way to express the the rhythm of the natural world.”


Untitled (When the Ground Becomes Hard and Firm) (2002)

Raymond Pettibon

Raymond Pettibon, <i>Untitled (When the Ground Becomes Hard and Firm)</i> (2002). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

Raymond Pettibon, Untitled (When the Ground Becomes Hard and Firm) (2002). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“I was drawn to this work because I have always loved the surfer imagery that Pettibon has created since the mid 80’s. The uncertainty of the subjects in his giant, crashing waves as well at Pettibon’s choice of text connects to the artist’s counter-cultural commentary in a beautiful and nostalgic way that is quintessential of so many of my favorite Californian artists. I also love etchings and aquatints because they allow for the viewer to experience the precise effect of a drawing or watercolor within a multiple.”


Double Mirror (2015)

Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon, <i>Double Mirror</i> (2015). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

Glenn Ligon, Double Mirror (2015). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“I love this screenprint as it contains the image of one of my favorite works of contemporary art, Glenn Ligon’s Rückenfigur. I think that Glenn Ligon’s work is extremely important to be looking at right now. In a time of political, social, and environmental instability and anxiety both domestically and internationally, Ligon’s play with language—in this case with the singular proper noun America—is an important comment on the continually altered nature of our surroundings. We live in a time when manipulation, redaction, and obscuring of language is common, and through the process of reproduction and alteration, this work touches on these ideas beautifully. I think his work will enter the annals of art history and will be looked at for many years to come.”


Thin Line (2017)

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, <i>Thin Line</i> (2017). Courtest of artnet Auctions.

Ai Weiwei, Thin Line (2017). Courtest of artnet Auctions.

“I love when an artist creates editioned work in response to a larger public installation that they have done. It allows the collector to access something either ethereal or institutional and also solidifies the legacy of the installation, which in some cases will never be seen again. In commenting on borders and boundaries, this work is quintessentially Ai Weiwei and is very timely. Additionally, I like that this work provides the buyer with an opportunity to own something sculptural, with light and three dimensions, for such a friendly price.”


Person with Guitar (Yellow) (2005)

John Baldessari

John Baldessari, Person with Guitar (Yellow) (2005). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“This Baldessari caught my eye for multiple reasons. Firstly, Baldessari has had a rich history with printmaking since early in his career and has used various printmaking techniques to further his artistic growth. His guitar series is one of my favorites from his in depth work with Gemini GEL. Baldessari is a master at removing something so inherent to an image that without it, the viewer must re-assess their relationship to the remaining form and its surrounding elements. Additionally, I think this is a fantastic piece because of its size, inclusion in the Baldessari Catalog Raisonne, and the fact that it is in its original artist’s frame.”

Explore more works like these in our 40 Under 10 auction, live now for bidding through May 22.

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