With a “multicamera global livestream” in place of its usual New York sale, the auction house tried breathing life back into a pandemic-numbed market.
Sotheby’s tests a new hybrid auction market with a work by the British painter — and socially-distanced bid-takers in three cities.
A rediscovered David Hockney and a welded hippo are among some 2,000 works coming to auction. But only a handful are trophies.
The shadow economy of trades is both a holdover from the past and a vital practice that keeps artists honest — or at least competitive with their peers.
A new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris looks at how literary figures like Eliot, Conrad and Aeschylus shaped the painter’s work.
A space opening this month in Paris will display the substantial holdings of the artist’s foundation and explore his influence on contemporary works.
On Thursday, buyers were looking for works fresh to the market from long-term collections, rather than resales.
“If Wall Street hadn’t taken a dive, there would have been fireworks,” a New York dealer said after a Christie’s auction. “It did change the mood among American bidders.”
Manet and Degas, Matisse and Picasso, Pollock and de Kooning, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon: fraught friendships as catapults for artistic breakthroughs.