Head of Department, New York
As Head of Department for the New York Photographs department, Shlomi Rabi oversees two live sales and multiple online sales each year. Since joining Christie’s in 2015, Rabi has introduced 'Spotlight', a dedicated single-artist section into each live sale, achieving record-breaking results for stalwarts in the field of photography, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ansel Adams and Irving Penn. Prior to joining Christie’s, Rabi spent over fifteen years working for regional and international auction houses in New Orleans, Chicago and New York. Most recently, Rabi served as Head of Sale and Specialist at another major auction house, during which he oversaw the setting of world auction records for a variety of contemporary photographers.
Academic experience includes a B.A., cum laude, in Art History and Psychology from Tulane University, and a M.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he wrote his thesis on contemporary Israeli photography. Since 2013, Rabi has been involved with the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and spent two years as Co-Chair of the Associates Committee. Additional affiliations include membership with the International Society of Appraisers, 2009-2011.
Rabi is also an avid writer, having contributed to Chicago’s NBC5 Street Team live feed from 2007 to 2009. Together with his team, in 2008 Rabi won an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Alternate Media.