International Director, Private Sales & Business Development - Asia
Matthieu Humery was appointed Vice President and Specialist Head of Sale of the Photographs Department for Christie's New York in 2007. During his tenure at Christie's, Mr. Humery has overseen the sales of the Fremont Collection, the Elfering Collection and the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman’s Photographs by Diane Arbus (part I) and William Eggleston (part II). In the Spring of 2008 the Photographs Department achieved the most successful season of sales for any Photographs auction week, and established world records for works by Irving Penn’s Cuzco Children, 1948, which achieved $529,000, and Henri Cartier-Bresson Hyeres, France, 1932, which sold for $265,000. In the Fall of 2008 Mr. Humery orchestrated Christie's first ever sale of Contemporary Photographs, which set world records for artists Alec Soth and Louise Lawler.
Prior to Christie's Mr. Humery worked from 2001 until 2005 in Paris and New York as a Specialist in Photographs, Contemporary Art & 20th Century Design and has since been consultant to numerous organizations, notably the Magnum Agency, the Luma Foundation and the Watermill Foundation/Robert Wilson Art Collection.
Mr. Humery holds Masters Degrees in Art History from both the Free University in Berlin as well as the Sorbonne, where he is currently working towards his PhD.