Following the success of Sotheby’s marathon session of live-streamed auctions on Monday, and ahead of Christie’s relay-style multi-city auction on 10 July, Phillips staged a sale last night which offered another valuable test of the art market. And as with Sotheby’s sales earlier in the week, the results of will give many cause for some confidence, and relief.
Last night the art market had its first major public test since the lockdown with a major ‘Evening auction’ session at Sotheby’s. This was certainly not a return to business as usual; viewing was by appointment, there were no glitzy receptions, and there was not even a saleroom filled with paddle-wielding bidders: instead, Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s European Chairman, stood on a rostrum in London for over four hours and conducted a livestream auction with staff manning phones in front of him, as well as in salerooms in New York and Hong Kong, and with clients also bidding directly online. It is often said that auctioneering is the second oldest profession; and while last night’s innovative event was a futuristic, slick-looking operation, the fundamentals were very much the same; supply, demand, a sense of occasion – and guarantees.
Gurr Johns announces the appointment of Ben Clark as Deputy CEO of Gurr Johns International. Ben will be based in London where he will continue to develop the firm’s global advisory business, with a focus on the company’s growth in Asia.
Ben joins Gurr Johns with 20 years of experience in the art market, the majority spent at Christie’s where he was a trusted advisor and proven deal-maker. Most recently, Ben has been based in Hong Kong as Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Asia, before which he was Managing Director and Global Head of Client Strategy, based in London. His global experience allowed him to cultivate a deep understanding of the international art market and build a track-record in fostering long-term relationships with art collectors and institutions.
The market is reacting to a broader shift, which has also seen more major museum shows recently on some fantastic female artists, including retrospectives on Annie Albers, Joan Jonas and Dorothea Tanning, to name a few. And this summer promises even more unmissable shows, including the Natalia Goncharova exhibition at Tate Modern which we covered in our last post. We have picked out a few which caught our eye:
* Not to be missed is the sensational retrospective on Lee Krasner which opened last week at the Barbican in London. ‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’ celebrates the work of the pioneer Abstract Expressionist, whose significance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. She once said, “I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point.”, and her energetic, bold and striking works are testament to her passion and her spirit for invention. It is an outstanding show which runs until 1st September 2019.
This summer promises a host of unmissable exhibitions. From Fra Angelico at the Prado and Natalia Goncharova at Tate Modern to French modern masters at the Hermitage and Manga at the British Museum, there is something to suit all tastes. Read on for some of our favourite picks:
Following the launch of the Venice Biennale (until 24 November), the art market returns with gusto this week on both sides of the Atlantic. In some of the busiest days of the year for the auction world, this week will host both the Impressionist & Modern Art and Post War & Contemporary sales in New York, and important jewellery and watch auctions in Geneva. Read More