CHRISTIE'S NAMES DEBORAH BELL HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHS

New York — Christie's is delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Bell as Vice President and Head of the Photographs Department.

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Ms. Bell is known throughout the art world for her eponymous Chelsea gallery, which is lauded for its exquisite range of 19th and 20th Century photographs as well as contemporary works by artists such as Louis Faurer, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Lisette Model and Garry Winogrand. Since opening The Deborah Bell Gallery in 2000, Ms. Bell has represented the likes of Dag Alveng, Per Berntsen, The Estate of Esther Bubley, John Cohen, George W. Gardner, Susan Paulsen and Marcia Resnick. The Deborah Bell Gallery, located at 511 West 25th Street, will close later this month after its last show, Memories of the Future: Ana Barrado/Rockets, closes on June 25, 2011. 

Ms. Bell will immediately begin the next chapter in her already distinguished career at Christie's in July 2011.

Born in St. Paul Minnesota, Ms. Bell became passionate about photography as a teenager, when she also volunteered at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center as a tour guide.  It was there that she became exposed to avant-garde artists such as Twyla Tharp and Merce Cunningham and the work of filmmaker Michael Snow.  She went on to earn a B.F.A. in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 1976, before embarking to New York City to become a freelance photographer. In her first few years in Manhattan, Ms. Bell moonlighted as a photo assistant at Helga Studio making prints and achieved a M.A. in Art History from Hunter College.

Ms. Bell professional career as a dealer began with a position working at the Sander Gallery in 1983, working with vintage prints by German and Czech photographers, including August Sander.  She then moved to the Marlborough Gallery, where she represented Irving Penn and Bill Brandt from 1985 to 1986. After working at the Marlborough Gallery, Ms. Bell took a position at the New York office of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, where she worked under Curator of Photographs, Richard Pare, and founding director, Phyllis Lambert, until becoming a private dealer in the fall of 1988.  Additionally, Ms. Bell was a professor of History of Photography at the School of Visual Arts for several years

 

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in 2010 that totaled £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

 

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About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totalled £2.35 billion / $3 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.