The next three weeks will see the London’s biggest sales of the year with the flagship auctions of Impressionist & Modern art, Contemporary art and Old Masters.
This year Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both been staging exhibitions to showcase what they describe as ‘dynamic juxtapositions’ in addition to the regular run of viewings.
What on earth does this mean?
As far as one can tell, the idea of these ‘curated’ exhibitions is to arrange works thematically by attempting to show how art from different periods is linked.
This is an extension of what the auctioneers have been doing in print for some time – for example displaying images of famous Old Master paintings in a catalogue entry for a piece of Contemporary art to which supposedly relates.
Most commentators are sceptical of this approach. Presumably the idea is to add historical weight to the often more airy pieces of modern and contemporary art, and, conversely, trying to show how the less voguish older art can be still be fashionable. more