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Jetske Homan van der Heide joined Christie’s in 1987 and established the Modern Art department in Amsterdam which has held market leadership in the Netherlands ever since. Jetske initiated the Belgian Art sales in Amsterdam as well as the equally successful CoBrA auctions. The many highlights of her career include a world auction record (€486,444) for a work on paper by Piet Mondriaan, consigning several works by Marlene Dumas for Christie’s New York and bringing in Picasso’s Homme à la pipe assis et amour, which fetched £4,264,000 in London. With the sale of a Jan Toorop portrait for €818,400, Jetske achieved the highest auction price ever for a 20th century work of art sold in the Netherlands. At Christie’s, as well as on the international art market, Jetske is regarded as the leading expert on Dutch and Belgian pre-war art. Jetske studied Art History in Groningen where she specialised in the Modern era.
Nina Kretzschmar joined Christie's Amsterdam in April 2008 as a Specialist for the Modern and Contemporary Art department. Nina has ten years of experience in the Post-War and Contemporary market. Prior to Christie’s, Nina worked for the Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne. Nina studied Law at the Univerity of Bayreuth and the University “La Sapienza” Rome and Cultural Management at the University Hagen. She speaks German, English and Italian.
Peter van der Graaf joined Christie’s Modern Art department in 2000. As a Specialist, he is especially committed to Southeast Asian Modern Art, having been involved in numerous successes, including the Hong Kong sale of the Joe Borkin collection of Affandi’s for €2,870,000. In 2007, Peter realised a new world auction record for a work by Rudolf Bonnet, A Market Scene, fetching €996,000. Peter studied Art History in Groningen and specialised in Old Master Paintings. He speaks Dutch, English and German.
Arno Verkade is a Managing Director at Christie’s in Germany. Arno joined Christie’s in 1993 as a graduate trainee in the 19th Century Art Department in Amsterdam. He subsequently became a Specialist in the 20th Century Art Department and the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Amsterdam, which he headed for almost 10 years. In 2010 Arno transferred to London, to work in the Post-War and Contemporary Department as a Senior Specialist and interim Head of the Evening Auction. During this time, the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department achieved highest turnover ever for any auction in the field in Europe. Arno is an experienced auctioneer of 20th Century Art and has also conducted many charity auctions. A Dutch national, Arno is fluent in Dutch, German and English.
Herrad Schorn, is a Director and Senior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department, having joined Christie’s in 1997. During her time at Christie’s Herrad has built up strong relationships with clients in Germany and Austria and was instrumental in securing major consignments of works by Kippenberger, Twombly as well as Gerhard Richter such as the Liebespaar which was the world record painting by the artist at the time. Herrad plays a central role in Christie’s Germany securing key works for the Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions in London and New York. She travels extensively, sourcing objects for sale and introducing works of art to perspective buyers and meets regularly with the most important collectors, curators and members of the trade in Germany. She also played an important role in tailoring the highly successful sale of works from the Goetz Collection for charity projects. Prior to joining Christie’s, Herrad established her career at the Museum Folkwang in Essen and in several German institutions specialising in 20th century art. Herrad holds an M.A. in Art History, Philosophy and German literature with distinction from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. A German national, Herrad speaks German and English.
Eric Chang is Senior Vice President, International Director of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, based in Hong Kong. Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chang joined Christie’s Chinese 20th Century Art Department as a specialist in 2001, and was promoted to Senior Vice President, International Director in August 2006. In his role, Mr. Chang is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art department. In addition to managing all aspects of Christie’s Hong Kong sales, Mr. Chang takes a key role in managing the inclusion of Asian contemporary art in Christie’s international contemporary art sales in New York and London. He travels extensively, sourcing objects for sale and introducing works of art to perspective buyers all around the world, and meets regularly with the most important collectors, curators and members of the trade in his field. Prior to joining Christie’s, Mr. Chang worked with several reputable art organizations in Taiwan, including Dimension Art Gallery and New Age Art Gallery. With more than fifteen years of experience in the field of Asian art, Mr. Chang has made unrivalled contributions to the development of Christie’s sales of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, Christie’s has become the market leader for Asian Contemporary art, with a global market share of 56% and a 72% market share in Hong Kong in 2007. In May 2008, Mr. Chang and his team introduced a new element to the sale calendar in Hong Kong: the first-ever Evening Sales of Chinese 20th Century and Asian Contemporary Art. The inaugural Asian Contemporary Art Evening Sale set 8 important world auction records, including the auction record for Chinese Contemporary Art with Zeng Fanzhi’s Mask Series 1996 No. 6 which realized HK$75.4million/US$9.7million. Together with the companion Day Sales in both categories, the Spring 2008 sales of Chinese 20th Century and Asian Contemporary Art totalled a record HK$813.8million /US$104.6million, the highest total ever achieved in the category worldwide. A total of 66 world auction records were set across the spectrum of Asian Contemporary art, including multiple new auction records for Japanese, Korean, and Indian contemporary artists.
Ms. Dudek plays a central role in the rapidly developing area of Asian contemporary art, securing works for inclusion in the Post-War & Contemporary art sales in New York, London and Hong Kong. She has strong connections within the contemporary Asian art community, built during a career that took her from the International Center of Photography to the management of a private Chinese art collection in New York. Ms. Dudek holds a BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Anthropology from New York University. She spent several years in Beijing as both a Fulbright fellow and also as manager of the CourtYard Gallery, the renowned contemporary Chinese art gallery.
Francis Outred joined Christie’s in January 2009 to oversee the management, strategy and vision of the Post-War and Contemporary Art team in Europe, a new position in the global department. Previously he had spent ten years with another international auction house during which he oversaw the most successful auction of contemporary art ever to take place in Europe. He was also responsible for dramatically expanding the Private Sale aspect of the business in Europe during that time and creating a pioneering relationship between the auction and private sale businesses, handling major outdoor sculpture alongside established masterpieces in the field. He has also twice secured for sale the most expensive work by a living artist ever sold at auction, as well as for the most expensive photographic work ever sold at auction. Francis graduated in 1995 with a First Class Degree from Chelsea School of Art, London. This included a distinction for his thesis on the history of the brushstroke in 20th century painting. He went on to curate a number of group exhibitions, including many of the so-called Young British Artists, both in London and Europe, and contributed a catalogue essay to the Life/Live project, a major survey of Contemporary Art in Britain, which toured museums in Paris, Berlin and Lisbon in 1997.
Dina Amin is a Senior Director and Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Christie’s London. Dina joined Christie’s in 1996 where she held the position of Specialist in the Impressionist and Modern Art Department and the Twentieth Century Art Department in New York. She later assumed the position of Business Development Manager for the Middle East where she was one of the members of the team responsible for the opening of Christie's Dubai offices in 2005 and the establishment of the Dubai bi-annual sales of International Modern and Contemporary Art. In 2007 Dina moved to Christie’s London offices where she resumed the role of Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department as Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale. Dina graduated with a degree in Architecture and Art History from Wellesley College in collaboration with MIT's Department of Architecture. Born in Saudi Arabia, she is fluent in both Arabic and English.
Lock Kresler is a Director and Head of the Private Sales Department for Post-War and Contemporary Art in London. In this role, he is responsible for Private Sales of Post-War and Contemporary Art in Europe, as well as actively working on consignments for the Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions worldwide. He began his career at Christie’s in 2004 in the Trusts, Estates & Appraisals Department and in 2006 joined the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art Department as a Specialist. In 2008 Lock moved to London as Co-Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auctions. As part of the London team, Lock secured consignments for the auction that achieved the highest Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction total for Christie’s London of £22.3m in June 2008. In his current role as Head of Christie's Private Sales he is focused on securing key high-value works from private collections and working with collectors to cultivate their holdings through private sales and auction. He is responsible for the curation of private exhibitions, recently including House of Cards at Waddesdon Manor in 2012 and the upcoming 2013 exhibition When Britain Went Pop: British Pop Art – The Early Years. Lock is also a Charity Auctioneer, having recently raised over $600,000 for the Gumball 3000 Foundation during the 2013 Gumball 3000 Rally. Lock holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Business from Arizona State University.
A Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art in London, Alice de Roquemaurel first joined the department in 2006 with a focus on the Day Sale. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to focus on the Evening Sale. Her primary areas of interest are European Post-War Art particularly Nicolas de Stael and Yves Klein. A French national, Alice holds a B.A. in English and a Masters in Communication (Celsa) from the Sorbonne University, Paris. She also holds a Masters degree in Post-War and Contemporary Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Leonie Moschner is a Senior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Department. After having graduated from photography school (Bayerische Staatslehranstalt fur Photographie) in Munich, Leonie started her career as a photographer, first living in Madrid and later in Portugal and New York. She returned to Munich, where she became involved with helping young artists and then eventually joined Thaddaeus Ropac’s gallery in Paris in 1998, where she became a Sales Director. She moved on to Phillips de Pury in 2005, where she set up their Paris offices as a Senior Specialist. Leonie then joined Christies in December 2011. Leonie specialises in international Contemporary Art, with a strong passion for Post-War Art, and has worked closely with artists including Jack Pierson, Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Leonie is working with a number of international collectors to build museum collections. ‘Finding perfect works for clients, helping them to give their collections direction and focus, is what’s best about my job,’ she says. A German national, she speaks German, French, English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Beatriz Ordovas is an Associate Director and Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in London. Beatriz is responsible for client coverage in Post-War and Contemporary Art across Europe but with a particular focus on Spain, Portugal, Italy and Latin America. Within this role, Beatriz is Co-Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale in London and has worked on the annual Evening Italian Sale on numerous occasions. In addition, Beatriz has recently secured two major collections for auction: Living with Art, an auction of works from antiquity to the present day from an extraordinary private collection and Homage to Chillida. Beatriz’s has a special interest in Post-War Italian and Spanish Art, as well as emerging Latin American artists. Beatriz joined Christie’s in 2006 with a B.A. in Journalism from the Universidad San Pablo CEU de Madrid and the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta di Roma. Beatriz is a Spanish national and is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.
Ed Tang is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department. He grew up in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Ed holds a B.A. in History of Art and History from University College London. Having previously worked at another international auction house, Ed’s main area of interest ranges from Chinese Contemporary art to new developments in the art scenes of America and Europe. Since joining Christie’s in London in 2011, Ed has co-headed two consecutive October Day Sales and is Head of Thinking Big – an auction of contemporary sculptures and installations sold by the Saatchi Gallery in London. Ed has also worked with numerous charities to raise money through auction, including Women for Women, Valid Nutrition and he sits on the advisory board of the Chelsea and Westminster Arts for Life Health Charity. Beyond Christie’s, Ed works very closely with the Tate as an Ambassador of the Young Patrons; Ed also launched and Co-Chairs the First Futures group at the Whitechapel Gallery. With strong links to Asia, Ed speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Leonie Grainger is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in London, having joined in January 2011. In October 2013 she was promoted to Co-Head of the October Day Auction where she will be overseeing the Post-War section of the auction. Leonie was closely involved with the sale of Jeff Koons’ Tulips in November 2012 that set the world record price at auction of $33.6 million for the artist. Her area of focus includes European Post-War Art as well as Contemporary German painting and photography by artists such as Gerhard Richter and Wolfgang Tillmans. Previously she worked for Waddington Galleries in London. A German national, she studied History of Art and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Bologna and the University of Bordeaux. This included a distinction for her thesis on Contemporary video art. She also holds a Master’s degree in Arts Management from City University London. Parallel to her studies Leonie worked for museums throughout Europe such as the Tate Gallery in London, CAPC in Bordeaux and the Cineteca in Bologna. Leonie is fluent in English, German, French and Italian.
Rosanna Widén is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in London. Rosanna spent two years working in Christie’s Madrid before moving to London as an Associate Specialist Trainee in 2009. With experience in the Russian Art, Twentieth Century British Art, and the South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Departments, in 2011 she joined the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department to work on the Day Auction before assuming responsibility of researching and cataloguing for the Evening Auction. She was closely involved with the record-breaking sale of the Anton and Annick Herbert Collection, which included works by some of the greatest adherents of Minimalism, Art Povera and Conceptual Art; as well as the inaugural Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Auction in November 2012. Rosanna has been promoted to Co-Head of the October Day Auction (2013) where she will be overseeing the Contemporary section of the auction. Her particular interest is in Scandinavian Post-War and Contemporary Art. Having grown up in Thailand, Pakistan, Canada, Spain and Sweden, Rosanna studied Art at Lund’s University, Sweden and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of London. Rosanna is a Swedish and Spanish national and is fluent in English, Spanish and Swedish.
Edouard Benveniste-Schuler is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department. Having lived in Geneva, Milan, Paris, Berlin and London, he is fluent in French, English and Italian. With a double B.A. in History of Art and International Business Administration from the American University of Paris, Edouard worked with private dealers and gallerists in Italy, France and Germany before joining Christie’s in 2010. Since then, Edouard has worked on Evening and Day Auctions, as well as special projects such as the Kunsthalle Zurich charity which raised more than two million pounds and A Way of Thinking, an auction of a selection of contemporary works from an important private collection which raised over four million pounds. Having worked closely with the Italian team on three consecutive Italian Sales, his particular area of expertise lies in Post-War Italian Art. Additionally, Edouard also launched and co-chairs the First Futures group at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Katharine Arnold is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department, London. She first joined Christie's in December 2010 with a focus on art historical research, responsible for the scholarly writing accompanying the Evening Auction. She now works on the Evening Auction as a Specialist with particular interests in Post-War British painting, German art after 1960 and American Post-War Abstraction. Katharine previously worked in Global Equity Sales on the trading floor at Merrill Lynch, London. She graduated in 2006 with Honours from the University of Oxford and went on to gain Masters degrees from both the London School of Economics, where she read International Relations and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London where she studied History of Art.
Guillermo Cid is a Junior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s, having joined the team in 2010. Guillermo works on the Day Auction and has assumed responsibility of researching and cataloguing four auctions. Guillermo works very closely with the Christie’s team in Belgium as well as the rest of the International Specialists on a number of valuations for collections, many of which have later come to auction. After studying Spanish Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela, he worked as a registrar for 18th Century Decorative Arts Galleries. His interest in Contemporary Art developed after completing an Art and Business programme at Sotheby’s Institute in London. His areas of interest include the European Conceptual art scene of the 1960s and 1970s, and artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Blinky Palermo, Thomas Schutte, Maurizio Cattelan or Michael Borremans. A Spanish national, Guillermo is fluent in Spanish and English.
Alexandra Werner is a Junior Specialist Trainee in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in London. Having worked on two Post-War Day Auctions, Alexandra is now working on the October 2013 Evening Auction. Alexandra has completed internships at Christie’s offices in both London and New York. She has previously interned at Sotheby’s, Museum 52 and Frederic Giroux. She has a Bachelor in Law from the Université Paris II - Pantheon Assas as well as a Masters in Art Business. A French national, Alexandra is fluent in French and English.
Cristian Albu is Head of Sale in the Post-War & Contemporary Department at South Kensington at Christie’s. Having joined the company in 2012, Cristian has previously spent five years respectively in Client & Business Development and Contemporary Department with another international auction houses, during which he oversaw the expanding business and client strategy in Russia, Turkey and Asia working closely with the Chairman’s Group of those regions. Cristian graduated with a First Class Degree from Low Danube University with a BA in International Economic Relations. He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Art Business at the Sotheby’s Institute in London where he wrote his dissertation on Eastern European Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to his tenure into the auction world Cristian has worked for three years for a renowned Art Advisory Firm in London.
Elisabeth Del Prete is an Associate Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in South Kensington. She joined Christie’s in 2010 and has helped transform the South Kensington Auctions into a platform for selling works from '60s and '70s avant-garde movements. In 2010 Elisabeth worked on the first edition of Multiplied, Christie’s Contemporary Editions art fair, which today is successfully approaching its fourth year and is currently co-heading the 90s to Now Auction (2013). After graduating in History of Art from Goldsmith’s College in 2008, where she wrote her dissertation on Martin Heidegger's reading of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Elisabeth went on working in a number of artist run galleries in London as well as assisting the curatorial team working for the exhibition Journeys with No Return at Akbank Art Centre in Istanbul in 2009, which later travelled to London and Berlin. An Italian national Elisabeth is fluent in English and Italian.
Bianca Chu is an Associate Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in London. She joined the department in 2011 as a Graduate Intern in the South Kensington office. Since then, Bianca has worked on sales such as A Way of Thinking, a selection of contemporary works from an important private collection, and will be co-heading the 90s to Now sale at Christie’s South Kensignton this year, a new auction concept introduced in London in November 2012 for both young and established collectors to acquire cutting-edge contemporary works at an attractive price point. A native New Yorker, Bianca graduated with honours from the University of Edinburgh where she read History of Art and Chinese Studies. During her studies, Bianca lived in Beijing, studying at Tsinghua University and working at a contemporary art gallery in the now established Caochangdi art district. She has previously worked at the China Exploration and Research Society, Hong Kong; Asia Society Museum, New York; and Sotheby’s, Hong Kong. Bianca is fluent in English and Mandarin.
María García Yelo is Director of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Madrid. She joined Christie’s in March 2008 and was previously the General Deputy Director of Conservation, Investigation and Diffusion at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), from 2005 until 2008, where she was responsible for Collections, Exhibitions, Education, Publications, Library and Archives. She has curated various exhibitions on Contemporary Art in both public and private institutions, and is also the author of numerous articles and essays, published in specialised media and research institutions. She has also been an art critic for the cultural supplement of the Spanish newspaper ABC. With a degree in History of Art from the Complutense University of Madrid (U.C.M), María completed her postgraduate program specializing in Contemporary Art and obtained a degree in Advanced Studies (D.E.A) in 2003.
Giulio Sangiuliano is an International Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Paris. After studying History of Art in Italy, Giulio became a lecturer at several universities. His eye and expertise enabled him to become the curator of the Prada Collection in 1997. With his dual experience in both the academic and private sectors, he joined Christie’s Milan in 2003 as Director of Sales in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department and in 2010 he became Co-Head of the department. In 2005, Giulio initiated the sale of La Donna che nuota sott’acqua by Artuto Martini, achieving the highest price for a work of contemporary art ever sold at auction in Italy (€2,400,000). In 2007, the sales in his department attained record prices, surpassing all the other departments in Christie’s Italy put together. In 2012, Giulio achieved the world record for Beatriz Milhazes’ work O Elefante Azul (€1,100,000). Giulio specialises in Italian and European post-war art and is also an expert in the works of Fontana, Burri, Castellani, Manzoni and Boetti. In 2013, he moved to Paris as an International Specialist, concentrating particularly on France, Switzerland and Italy. An Italian national, Giulio speaks Italian, French and English.
Barbara Guidotti is a Junior Specialist in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in Milan. Barbara joined Christie’s in 2007 and works on auctions in Milan and the Italian Sale in London. She deals with international teams of Impressionist and Modern and Post-War and Contemporary Art, helping with cataloguing, expertise and gathering for abroad sales. Before she joined Christie’s, Barbara studied History of Art at Università Cattolica in Milan. An Italian national, Barbara is fluent in Italian and English.
Elena Zaccarelli is a Junior Specialist in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in Milan. Elena joined Christie’s in 2010 and works on auctions in Milan and the Italian Sale in London. She deals with international teams of Impressionist and Modern and Post-War and Contemporary Art, helping with cataloguing, expertise and gathering for abroad sales. Before she joined Christie’s, Elena studied History of Art at Università degli Studi di Bologna and worked in various art galleries in Florence. An Italian national, Elena is fluent in Italian and English.
With 15 years in the Art market, both in the auction world and as an advisor and dealer, Jutta Nixdorf brings extensive experience to bear. Having initially worked for Christie’s in Stuttgart & Berlin, Jutta then moved as a Specialist for Contemporary Art to Phillips de Pury & Company, first in Berlin and then to Gallery de Pury & Luxembourg in Zurich as Director. Since 2009 she has been a private advisor and dealer specialising in Post War & Contemporary Art, as well as Director of the More Gallery in Giswil, Switzerland.
Brett Gorvy is Chairman and International Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art. He leads an international team of specialists across the globe, who have dominated the market for Post-War & Contemporary Art for over a decade. Brett has held the role of Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Americas since 2007, as well as having been elected to Christie’s board in 2005. Since transferring from Christie’s London in 2000 to lead the International Post-War & Contemporary Department from New York, Brett has pushed the boundaries of the market to new heights. He has spearheaded some of the most important and historic sales of 20th and 21st century masterpieces and collections at auction, consistently achieving record results. Under Brett, Christie’s has led the Post-War and Contemporary market over the $200 million, $300 million, and most recently over the $400 million barrier, with the May 2013 Evening Sale bringing in an unrivaled total of $495 million—the highest total in auction history. During the course of his tenure, he has been responsible for many notable consignments: the sale of Lucian Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, which sold in 2008 for a record $33.6 million and set a world auction record for a work by a living artist. Brett’s passion for the work of Andy Warhol and his unrivalled knowledge of this market resulted in the world record price of $71.7 million for Warhol’s Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) in May 2007 against an estimate of $25-35 million. Other outstanding personal successes for Brett include the sale of Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton in May 2010, which became one of the most successful single-owner sales in this category, totaling $103 million, and in May 2011, he oversaw the sale of Warhol’s first seminal Self-Portrait, which sold for $38.4 million after a dramatic 16 minute bidding war. He also was responsible for the historic May 2012 sale in New York, which took the market to new heights, achieving $388.5 million. This auction was centered around Works from the Pincus Collection, which at $174.9 million became the highest total for any private collection in the category. The auction also set a new world record for a single work of Post-war and Contemporary Art with the sale of Mark Rothko’s masterpiece Orange, Red, Yellow for $86.9 million against an estimate of $35-40 million, with Brett on the telephone with the winning bidder. Most recently, Brett became responsible for the highest grossing auction ever in the category. Setting a record of $412.2 million, the November 2012 sales achieved record prices for seminal works by Franz Kline, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons—a total which would be surpassed the following season. Realizing a staggering combined sum of $638.6 million in May 2013, Brett and his team led the art market with the highest total ever achieved in any category. Reflecting a new era in the art market where seasoned collectors and new bidders compete internationally at the highest level, Brett achieved records for master artists, bringing in an unprecedented $58 million for Jackson Pollock’s Number 19,1948; $56 million for Roy Lichtenstein’s Woman with Flowered Hat;, and $48.8 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Dustheads.
Brett is also responsible for many ground-breaking private sales of 20th Century art at the highest level and he is widely regarded as being one of the most effective deal makers in the art world today.
Laura Paulson is Chairman, Americas at Christie's and a Senior International Director in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department. Laura is not only instrumental in guiding Christie’s global sale strategies for Post-War and Contemporary Art but also driving the company’s success across numerous departments including Impressionist and Modern Art, Old Masters, American Paintings, and Decorative Arts to name a few. In addition, Laura has long-term relationships with museums and institutions worldwide and continues to cultivate and support partnerships for their curatorial and development projects. Laura also devotes a significant amount of her expertise for appraisals and evaluations for both private collections and institutions. At Christie’s she also works closely with the Cultural and Social Responsibility group to extend support and funding for arts education, and domestic and global environmental and social issues.
Laura joined Christie’s in 1989 and has been instrumental in securing many notable and important consignments from both collectors, artists, and institutions including work from the Collection of Virginia Dwan and the Estate of Lawrence Alloway, The Collection of Henry Geldzahler, the legendary sale of the Collection of Victor and Sally Ganz, Contemporary Art from the Herbig Collection, and in 2004, an important group of works from a New York Private Collection, which included Andy Warhol’s rare and powerful Mustard Race Riot, 1963, selling for $15,127,500. In 2005, Laura was responsible for the $44.5 million Post-War and Contemporary Art sale benefitting the Jewish Communal Fund, and The Collection of Edward R. Broida totaling $45 million and assisted with the donation of many works from the Edward R. Broida Collection to the Museum of Modern Art. In the subsequent years, Laura secured the Estate of Lee V. Eastman, Selections from The Allan Stone Collection, the estate and collection of Los Angeles art collector and philanthropist Betty Freeman, the Estate of Merce Cunningham, Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton, the Estate of Max Palevsky, The Estate of Robert Shapazian, The Estate of Phyllis and Walter Shorenstein, Estate of Evelyn D. Haas Collection, Estate of Leo Steinberg, and The Schulhof Collection.
In May 2012, Laura’s 30 year relationship with the collector and philanthropist David N. Pincus culminated in securing the most important and comprehensive collection of Abstract Expressionism ever to appear in public: Property from the Pincus Collection, which sold for $174.9 million became the highest total for any private collection in the category. The auction also set a new world record for a single work by a Post-War and Contemporary artist with the sale of Mark Rothko’s masterpiece Orange, Red, Yellow for $86.9 million from an estimate of $35-40 million.
Over the past 25 years, Laura has built her career on establishing longstanding relationships with clients helping them preserve their and their family’s art legacies.
Amy Cappellazzo is Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development at Christie’s. With a decade at Christie's, Cappellazzo most recently held the title of International Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Deputy Chairman. In addition to her activities in business getting, securing deals and sourcing consignments, Cappellazzo supports Christie's CEO, Steven Murphy directly in expanding Christie’s reach in the Post-War & Contemporary Art category, in both traditional and growth markets, collaborating with Christie’s extensive network across the globe. Cappellazzo fuses her vast experience, and expertise with her existing network of collectors, dealers and artists, curators and institutions, in sourcing opportunities for both the primary and secondary markets as well as developing new relationships. Most recently, she has spearheaded a partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, launching the Warhol @ Christie’s – an innovative foray into the online sales platform. She also supports Christie’s private sales activities across the board. While leaving the structure of the Post-War & Contemporary Art department, Cappellazzo will still work closely with Brett Gorvy and his team. Cappellazzo was appointed Senior Vice President, International Co-Head of Contemporary Art in June 2001 and Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Americas in January 2008. She played a crucial role in the historic Christie’s sale in May 2004, which was the first ever Post-War & Contemporary auction to break $100 million, and she has been successfully co-leading the department from strength to strength ever since, culminating in the evening sale in May 2007, which totaled nearly $400 million.
Lori Hotz is the International Managing Director of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art department. In this role she is responsible for the growth, strategy and management of the global department and for maintaining its position as the market leader in its category. The Post-War & Contemporary Art Department organizes over 30 sales a year in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan and Doha. It is also a leader in the field of Private Sales as well as pioneering the forum of online auctions with its ground-breaking Andy Warhol @ Christie's sales supporting the work of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2012 the department achieved record-breaking sales in excess of $1billion.
Prior to joining Christie's, Lori was chief operating officer of Lazard Wealth Management, the world's leading independent financial advisory and asset management firm. Before that she was the chief operating officer of the Barclays Wealth Americas Product Office. Before assuming the role at Barclays' in 2008, Lori was the chief operating officer of Lehman Brothers’ hedge fund business, managed account platform, and portfolio advisory group, where she was responsible for overseeing strategy, product development, marketing, and client service. Lori was a senior vice president of corporate strategy and development for Bank One before joining Lehman Brothers. Lori holds a BA from University of Toronto, and a MBA and MES from Yale University.
Robert Manley is responsible for the general management and strategic direction of the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art department and serves on the department’s International Executive Committee, while continuing to work with top clients, business development and private sales at the highest level. Robert joined Christie’s in 2000, first as Specialist Head of 20th Century Pictures, and two years later transitioning to the Post-War and Contemporary team. As the head of Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sales in New York between 2006-2010, he was instrumental in the firm's achievement of the first and second highest totals in the history of the category, $385 and $325 million, at the time of their sale. Additionally, Robert takes a leadership role in the department’s development of the market for Western art in Asia. He has extensively travelled to that region for over ten years, where he advises some of the top Asian collectors of Contemporary Art. Utilizing his 25+ years of experience in the art business, Robert has also been a leader in the growth of private sales for the department. Robert's extensive experience in the category along with his mentorship abilities and strategic vision will build upon the department's already significant successes. Prior to joining Christie’s, Robert established his career in several New York-based galleries specializing in 20th century art. Robert holds a B.A. degree in Art History and History from Rutgers University, and an M.A. degree in Art History from CUNY.
Loic Gouzer is International Specialist and Senior Vice President for the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department, focusing on business development and private sales. Since joining Christie’s in 2011, Loic has achieved top prices for some of the category’s most formidable artists. In May 2012 he drew in record prices for Yves Klein’s FC1 (Fire Color 1), which achieved a record $36.4 million, and Alexander Calder’s Lily of Force, with a record $18.5 million. Playing a pivotal role in the groundbreaking November 2012 Post-War and Contemporary auction, Loic oversaw the sale of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, which brought in record price of $26.4 million for the artist. Most recently, Loic has partnered with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to present the 11th Hour charity auction to benefit the environmental and wildlife conservation efforts supported by the Foundation. Prior to joining Christie’s, Loic formed longstanding relationships with key contemporary collectors during his time at Blondeau Fine Arts in Geneva and as a specialist at another international auction house in New York, where he was integral to achieving high-profile record breaking prices for artists such as Maurizo Cattelan, John Currin and Martin Kippenberger. As a result, Loic brings with him several years of top-level experience in the Contemporary art market. Born in Geneva, Switzerland and fluent in English and French, Loic serves as a chief member of the global Post-War and Contemporary team and plays a key role with our international business-getting. Loic holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University College London.
Barrett White is International Specialist and Senior Vice President for the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department, focusing on business development and private sales. Barrett joined Christie’s in 1999 and has held senior positions in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department and Christie’s subsidiary Haunch of Venison. He was also formerly the Senior Director at L+M Arts in New York. His experiences in both commercial galleries and the auction house give him keen insight into the complexities of the art market and this wide perspective has gained him the trust of international collectors. Today, he moves seamlessly between auction and private sale activity for the department securing major consignments and advising clients on building collections. Barrett was born in New Haven Connecticut where early-on he developed a love for the arts while visiting the studios of his mother and her friends at the Yale Art School. He has a BA in Art History from New York University and a MA in the History of the Art Market and Art Market Studies from Christie’s Education.
Andrew Massad is International Specialist and Senior Vice President in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department, focusing on auction and high level private sales. As a member of the department since 1991, Andrew has been integral in the promotion of Contemporary Art at the highest level. In 1998 he helped reinvent the category as head of the Afternoon Session, where during his 14 year tenure, he won market share for an extraordinary 13 and a half years. In 2006, he was named Senior Vice President of Post-War & Contemporary Art. Andrew has been responsible for the introduction of many contemporary artists of significance of the last 15 years into the auction market, including Fred Tomaselli, Takashi Murakami, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Karin Kilimnik, Tom Sachs and Lisa Yuskavage, and more recently Wangechi Mutu, Julie Mehretu, Mark Grotjahn, Dana Schutz, Kehinde Wiley, Jules de Balincourt, Matthew Ritchie, Kelly Walker and Do Ho Suh. Andrew has also been responsible for facilitating many top sales and frequent world record prices, including works by Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Struth, Gerhard Richter, Donald Judd, On Kawara, John Baldessari, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Lawler and Peter Doig’s Reflection (What does your soul look like), which sold for $10 million. As a result of Andrew’s commitment to top contemporary artist he recently oversaw the record breaking price for Cindy Sherman’s Untitled from her iconic Centerfold series, which achieved $3.8 million in May 2011. More recently, in November 2012 Andrew was responsible for The Paul and Helen Zuckerman Collection, which brought in $10 million. Andrew studied painting and art history at Cornell University and Syracuse University.
Jonathan Laib is a Senior Vice President and Specialist within the Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Department, focusing on auction and private sales. A Senior member of Christie’s international team, Jonathan advises his clients on buying and selling opportunities. In his previous role as head of Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary art morning sale the venue grew significantly in quality, volume and sales. Under his watch the Morning sale produced a number of record auction results for artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Indiana, Robert Bechtle and David Park among others. In addition to these accomplishments Jonathan has been instrumental in developing markets for previously under acknowledged artists such as Richard Pousette-Dart and Ruth Asawa for whom Christie’s holds record breaking sale results. In May 2013, Jonathan curated the artist’s survey Ruth Asawa: Objects & Apparitions in Christie’s private sales gallery. Jonathan is an integral presence in the development of the Post-War and Contemporary Evening and day sales in New York. Highlights of his impact on this venue include the consignment and sale of major works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, David Smith, Louise Bourgeois and Alexander Calder. Jonathan is also consistently involved in facilitating private sales. As a practicing artist Jonathan brings a unique perspective to his work as a specialist through his own independent studio practice and research. Jonathan studied Studio Art and Art History at the Art Institute of Chicago and Pratt Institute in New York.
Martha Baer has led the Contemporary auction market through remarkable growth since joining Christie’s in 1978, following her directorship at Acquavella Contemporary Art and an earlier post as Vice President of the André Emmerich Gallery. She is a renowned Post-War and Contemporary art authority, with special expertise in Abstract Expressionism, and is widely respected. Martha’s seniority within the firm and length of experience in the field are unmatched elsewhere. She was integrally involved in the formation and sale of a number of top Contemporary art collections including The Tremaine Collection, The Mayer Collection, The Fredrik Roos Collection, The Gerald Elliott Collection and The Boris Leavitt Collection. Martha’s continued success can be further cited with the recent achievements of The Estate of Lee V. Eastman, as well as Selections from The Allan Stone Collection.
John Good possesses an intimate knowledge of the art of our time, with a particular affinity for Post-War American Art, especially Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Minimal Art. Launching his career at the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery, John worked closely with the Pop masters Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg and Ed Ruscha, as well as the great Minimal artists Donald Judd and Dan Flavin. As director of Castelli’s Greene Street Gallery, John helped all of Castelli’s artists realize major installations at the space, including Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra. Subsequently, John started his own gallery and from 1985 to 1995 represented a new generation of abstract painters, including Juan Usle, Fiona Rae, Jacqueline Humphries and many others. Later in his career, John was a director at Gagosian Gallery for thirteen years, during which time he continued his relationships with many of the artists from the Castelli stable. He was also responsible for bringing Mark Tansey and the Estate of Alberto Giacometti to Gagosian.
After dedicating his professional life to artists and galleries, John came to Christie’s in 2012 as Senior Vice-President and International Director of Private Sales. Relying on his thorough knowledge of Modern and Contemporary Art, John invokes the spirit of art dealing at galleries into private sales at Christie’s. “What is particularly appealing about Christie’s,” remarks John, “is the variety of options it gives the seller, from placing a sensitive work through private sales to making a sensational statement at auction.”
Koji Inoue is the Specialist Head of the New York Evening Sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art. Under Koji’s direction the sale has grown significantly and since 2012 produced three consecutive world records for the category with $388.5, $412.2, and $495 million sold in the respective May, November and May Evening Sales. Highlights of his impact on this venue include the consignment and sale of the world record for Richard Diebenkorn, major works by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Vija Celmins and Jean-Michel Basquiat. In addition to his contributions at auction Koji is actively involved in private sales. Prior to joining Christie's in 2008 he worked for five years on Wall Street at Citigroup and Barclays Capital on their bond capital markets and derivatives trading desks. Born in Tokyo, Koji is fluent in Japanese and English and is instrumental to the department’s strategic vision to utilize the full strength and combined experience of the international team.
Jennifer Yum is Vice President, Head of Morning Session, in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department, joining Christie’s in 1998. She recently rejoined Christie’s after working as a private advisor specializing in acquisitions, appraisals and art finance as well as for another auction house as Head of Sale, Contemporary Art. Prior to joining Christie's, Jennifer was a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University with honors in Art History in 1992. She also earned a Master’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in 1996. Jennifer is currently A.B.D.
Saara Pritchard is an Associate Specialist and currently Head of the Afternoon Sale in New York. Most recently, she was responsible for the highest-grossing First Open sale to date, as well as launching the inaugural July contemporary sale in New York. She joined Christie’s in 2010 and began her career as a project coordinator and researcher working on single owner sales of works from The Collection of Michael Crichton, The Collection of Max Palevsky and The Collection of Robert Shapazian. She was quickly promoted to a Junior Specialist and responsible for cataloguing and researching the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sales, including the recent record-breaking auctions. Saara earned an M.A. degree in History of Art and Connoisseurship in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie's Education in London, United Kingdom. She earned her B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a double major in Art History and Psychology. Her particular interest is in the emerging art scene, specifically in New York City, and she has channeled a great deal of new attention towards developing Christie's involvement with artists and organizations that promote the exhibition and development of young artists.
Alexis Klein is an Associate Vice President and Specialist in Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Department. In this role, she concentrates on both auctions and private sales. Alexis' area of focus includes post-war German art as well as contemporary painting and photography by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Barbara Kruger and Glenn Ligon. Previously, Alexis worked for over five years at a major international auction house in New York, focusing on research and writing for the Contemporary Art sales. She later transitioned into a strategic role in where she worked on the auction house's Evening Sales of Contemporary Art, which included record-breaking prices for works by artists such as Clyfford Still and Gerhard Richter. She also contributed to the launch of its private sales exhibitions including These Days curated by Vito Schnabel. Additionally, Alexis worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York. Alexis received a B.A. with Honors in Art History from Northwestern University in Chicago in 2006. She is a member of the PERFORMA Visionaries and the American Friends of the Israel Museum Associates.
Ana Maria Celis is an Associate Vice President and Specialist within the Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Department, focusing on auction and private sales. Prior to joining Christies in 2013 she worked at another international auction house for almost six years where she held the post of Head of the Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale. Before following her passion for Post War & Contemporary Art, Ana Maria was a Specialist in Latin American art during which time she oversaw and participated in some of the highest achieving sales in that category, including a prestigious collection of Wifredo Lam paintings as well playing a crucial role in sales which achieved two of the top prices for Jesus Rafael Soto at auction. Born and raised in Caracas, Ana Maria is fluent in Spanish and English and plays a key role in our international team through the fostering and development of collectors in the Americas. Ana Maria has a BA from New York University in History of Art and Latin American Studies.
Lisa Layfer is an Associate Vice President, Associate Specialist and Manager of Business Development, Chairman’s Office, Post-War & Contemporary Department. Lisa joined Christie's in 2005 and began her career in the Bid Department as a Bid Clerk overseeing all annual auctions in New York and assisting the auctioneer in the saleroom. In 2006, Lisa became the Administrator for the Prints and Multiples Department coordinating bi-annual sales of over 800 works spanning Old Master to Contemporary editions. Lisa joined the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department at the end of 2007, working directly for the Chairman and International Head overseeing business development. Lisa has worked as a cataloguer, specialist and project manager on notable sales, including Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton in May 2010, which became one of the most successful single-owner sales in this category, totaling $103 million, and Works from the Peter Norton Collection, one of the most important Contemporary Art collections ever sold at auction, achieving over $30 million. Additionally she curated the retrospective of Peter Norton Christmas Projects during Miami Art Basel in December 2011, and has overseen large scale installations for works by Jeff Koons and Urs Fischer at Rockefeller Center and the Seagram Building, respectively, works which have since become the artists’ current auction records.
Prior to joining Christie's, Lisa had experience with internships at the Brooklyn Museum, in addition to other international auction houses and contemporary art galleries. Lisa holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a minor in Art History, and has completed print making courses at the Lower East Side Print Shop in New York.
Amelia Manderscheid is an Associate Specialist in the Post-War & Contemporary Development Department at Christie’s. Her educational background in Economics and Art History uniquely qualifies her to analyze the Contemporary art market. Her responsibilities include project management, fostering client relationships and overseeing agreed upon consignment thresholds. In addition, she works closely with the Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development, Amy Cappellazzo, on research and analysis for growth initiatives which include private sales and online expansion.
Prior to joining Christie’s, Amelia served as a Junior Specialist in Design at Artnet Auctions in New York. She held roles with progressively increasing responsibility while at Artnet, including Junior Specialist and Manager of the Prints Department, where she played an integral role in the curation and oversight of successful online auctions. Previously Amelia coordinated on-site appraisal and client development at another international auction house.
Amelia holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Art History from Wellesley College. She currently serves on the Board of the New York Wellesley Friends of Art where she organizes and moderates an annual panel featuring Wellesley alumnae active in the art world.
Elizabeth Webb is an Associate Specialist in the Post-War & Contemporary Development Department. Elizabeth began her career at Christie's in the Post-War and Contemporary department in 2010 working as the Assistant to the International Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Amy Cappellazzo. Since then she has been responsible for facilitating consignments, fostering client relationships and researching, as well as executing Post-War & Contemporary Art appraisals. In addition, Elizabeth continues to work closely with Chairman Amy Cappellazzo, on research and analysis for growth initiatives which include private sales and online expansion.
Elizabeth holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History from New York University.
Kristen has been at Christie’s since March 2011.
Joanna has been at Christie’s since March 2011.
Alexandra has been at Christie’s since August 2010.
Kevie has been at Christie’s since March 2011.
Han-I has been at Christie’s since February 2012.
Therese has been at Christie’s since March 2011.
Laetitia Bauduin is a Specialist and Head of Sales in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Paris. Since Laetitia joined Christie’s Paris in 2004, she has helped improve French sales and in this time there has been a world record for Riopelle (1951-1952, € 1.6M hammer price) and Shiraga (1961, € 1.4 hammer price), and strong results for Soulages, Staël, Vieira da Silva, Louise Bourgeois (Spider 1995: € 3M€ hammer price). After graduating from a French Business school in Paris, Laetitia worked in a French auction house, Etude Francis Briest, in 1997, in the Impressionist and Modern Art Department, organising many sales at Hôtel Richelieu Drouot and Drouot Montaigne in Paris. She has also worked at Poulain Le Fur and as a Specialist in the Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Department at Artcurial. A French national, Laetitia speaks French and English.
Edmond Francey is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Paris. After obtaining an M.A in accountancy and finance, Edmond worked as a Sales Assistant at Waddington Galleries in London. In 1999, he joined Helly Nahmad where he organised key exhibitions such as Picasso Artist of the Century, Miro: A Retrospective and Hirst, Fairhurst, Hume Coventry and Quinn. In 2002, he moved to Brussels where he became a partner at Baronian Francey. His gallery represented artists such as Gilbert and George, Robert Crumb, Florian Maier-Aichen, Tony Oursler and Wang Du amongst others in Belgium. As a leading Belgian gallery, Baronian Francey took part in major art fairs including Art Basel, FIAC and the Armory Show. A French national, Edmond is fluent in French and English.
Christophe Durand-Ruel grew up in a family for whom art had played an important role for many previous generations. He graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the United States. He began his career in a French auction house, and launched his gallery of contemporary art before joining Christie’s in 1998. He played a major role in sales of numerous contemporary works of art in London and New York. One of his landmark achievements is the sale of Nature morte aux tulipes by Pablo Picasso, which sold for €31,752,660 in 2002.
Paul Nyzam is an Associate Specialist and Head of the Day Auction in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Paris. Paul joined Christie’s in 2010 and has worked in both the Paris and London Post-War and Contemporary Art Departments. Paul has a Masters in Finance and Strategy from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Masters in Art Management from HEC Paris. A French national, Paul is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Etienne Sallon is a Junior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department. He joined Christie’s in September 2011 and was appointed Junior Specialist in 2012. He is in charge of preparing and cataloguing sales in the contemporary art department, and recently contributed to the organisation of the exhibition Un Art Autre that showcased artists from the circle of critic and collector Michel Tapié. Having studied law, history and history of art Etienne graduated from La Sorbonne with a Master’s degree in Art Business. A French national, Etienne is fluent in French and English.
Mariolina Bassetti became Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department in Italy in 1995, having joined the Christie's Rome office in 1987. Under her direction, Christie's Italy’s Modern and Contemporary Art sales have grown from €1 million to €16 million. Since its launch in 1999, Mariolina has been in charge of the Italian Sale, the annual and only international auction dedicated entirely to Italian 20th Century art, held at Christie's London. On 14 October 2010 the Italian Sale achieved a new record total of £18,627,650 (€21,142,383), making Christie’s market leaders for this category. Since May 2005, Christie's Italy has held the record for the most expensive work of modern art sold in Italy, with Arturo Martini’s sculpture Donna che nuota sott’acqua, which achieved €2.2 million in Milan. In February 2007 Christie's sold the Tettamanti collection at the King Street saleroom in London. It is considered to be the most important Italian post-war and contemporary art private collection ever sold at auction. In 2011 she became Chairman of Christie's Italy, in addition to her previous role of International Director in the Post-War & Contemporary Art department. In April 2013 Mariolina became a member of the Global Executive Committee, formulating strategic departmental plans and leading client initiatives in this key collecting area of Europe. An Italian national, Mariolina is fluent in Italian French, Spanish and English.
Renato Pennisi is a Director and Co-Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department in Italy. Renato joined Christie’s in 2001 as a Junior Specialist and was promoted to the role of Specialist and Co-Head of the Milan sale in 2007. In 2013 Renato ran the new sale format launched by Christie’s in Italy: Milan Modern and Contemporary, which sold very successfully 91% by lots and 96% by value. In this role, Renato continues to contribute to the success of Italian Modern and Contemporary Art offered at Christie's in Italy and all other salerooms worldwide. Renato orchestrated some of the best auction results for artists such as Giacomo Balla, Alberto Burri, Massimo Campigli, Enrico Castellani, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Emilio Vedova, amongst others. In November 2007 a work by Umberto Boccioni entitled Studio per foot-baller, sold at Christie’s Milan for €1,866,950 thanks to Renato, becoming the most expensive painting ever sold at auction in Italy and setting a world record for the artist. An Italian national, Renato speaks Italian and English.
Rene Lahn is a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Department in Zurich, having joined Christie’s in 2006. Prior to Christie’s, Rene worked at the Lisson Gallery and as a Director of Galerie Hauser and Wirth und Presenhuber and Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Rene holds a degree in History of Art and Business Management and a Masters in Fine Art Management and Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College. A Swiss national, Rene is fluent in German, French and English