Welcome to Sotheby’s beautiful exhibition space S-2

by leslierankowfinearts

AUCTION HOUSES HAVE MULTIPLE ROLES- NOT JUST THE PRIMARY ONE.  THE SALE OF ART, JEWELRY, ANTIQUES, AND MANY OTHER COLLECTIBLES AT VARIOUS VENUES AROUND THE WORLD IS JUST ONE SIGNIFICANT ASPECT OF THE MANY-FACETED ROLE THE AUCTION HOUSES PLAY IN THE CURRENT ART MARKET  .  MAJOR AUCTION HOUSES PROVIDE MANY ADDITIONAL SERVICES, INCLUDING APPRAISALS, PRIVATE SALES, AND MARVELOUS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AS WELL AS VIP INVITATIONS TO ART EVENTS, FAIRS, GALLERY AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS.

IN SEPTEMBER 2011, SOTHEBY’S  NEW YORK CONVERTED A SPACE ON THEIR SECOND FLOOR  AT 1334 YORK AVENUE, TO HOUSE A VERY BEAUTIFUL GALLERY NAMED S/2 DESIGNED BY RICHARD GLUCKMAN, ARCHITECT EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR GALLERY AND ART SPACES THAT INCLUDE THE WHITNEY MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA  MUSEUM AND SOTHEBY’S OWN 10th FLOOR GALLERIES. S/2 IS OVERSEEN BY MIETY HEIDEN, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST AND HEAD OF CONTEMPORARY ART PRIVATE SALES AT SOTHEBY’S.  THE EXHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN COMPELLING, INTELLIGENTLY  CURATED AND PROVIDE SOTHEBY’S  AN EVER EXPANDING PRESENCE IN THEIR  PRIVATE SALES SECTOR WITHIN THE AUCTION HOUSE.

WE HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING WITH ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPECIALISTS, ANNA McKNIGHT, OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART DEPARTMENT AT SOTHEBY’S.  ANNA IS INVOLVED WITH S/2, SOTHEBY’S NEW GALLERY AND PRIVATE SALE DIVISION,  AND THANKS TO HER PARTICIPATION IN THE BLOG, WE HAVE A TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT ITS PAST AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS  AND ITS OVERALL PLACE AND PURPOSE IN THE SOTHEBY’S GLOBAL  NETWORK.

ANNA, THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BLOG.

Thank you Leslie! You are one of my favorite clients and it is always fun and interesting speaking with you! Thank you for including Sotheby’s and S|2 in your Blog!

FIRST, PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT THE HISTORY OF S/2 AT SOTHEBY’S.  WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO OPEN A GALLERY SPACE DEDICATED TO EXHIBITIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND WHY?

At first, we really needed a great space to show works available for private sale – an important part of our business beyond auctions. Then as the space was being created, by the world-renowned Richard Gluckman, we decided to try staging a selling exhibition where multiple, related works would all be available for purchase; we started with a show of works by Sam Francis and have not looked back! It is a great way to share amazing art with our clients and friends and hopefully enhances everyone’s visit to 72nd and York.

TO DATE, YOU HAVE HAD A DIVERSE RANGE OF EXHIBITIONS.  PLEASE CATCH US UP AND INFORM US OF THE EXHIBITIONS THUS FAR.THEY ARE VERY DIVERSE. IS THAT INTENTIONAL? WHAT MOTIVATES THE CURATORIAL DECISIONS FOR S2?

Essentially, we try to do a little bit of everything. We have done a few single artist exhibitions (Kusama, Keith Haring and Sam Francis) and they have been super successful. We have also done a couple themed shows, such as California Minimalism curated by Kayne Griffin Corcoran and These Days, curated by Vito Schnabel. By having guest curators we are able to have another vantage point of the art world, and essentially another specialist on our already superb team!

IN OUR NEXT BLOG, ANNA McKNIGHT, SPECIALIST IN CONTEMPORARY ART AND A DIRECTOR OF SOTHEBY’S GALLERY S/2 WILL PROVIDE A PREVIEW OF THE FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION SEASON AT S/2.  ANNA IS INFORMED AND ALWAYS ENTHUSIASTIC TO HELP INTERESTED POTENTIAL COLLECTORS AND WE WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THE SOTHEBY GALLERY OR THE AUCTION HOUSE IN GENERAL.