when my husband, bob, and i lived in london, we really enjoyed attending the auction previews at christie’s,sotheby’s, and bonham’s in st. james’s and mayfair. so this week, i felt like i was living in london again. including the difficulty parking in the jackson square neighborhood of san francisco, near hedge gallery.
christie’s previewed their may 2015 new york post-war and contemporaryart auctions at hedge.
christie’s @ hedge
san francisco exhibition of post-war and contemporary art
16-22 april 2015 | san francisco, CA
alexander calder and gerhard richter.
alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled (demi cone) | painted sheet metal and wire | 1972
christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015
sale 3741 | lot 513 | estimate US$1,200,000-US$1,800,000
alexander calder (1898-1976) | six white dots and yellow on black and red | painted sheet metal and wire | 1964
christie’s post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015
sale 3741 | lot 415 | estimate US$550,000-US$750,000
his 27 october 2011 lecture at the san francisco fall antiques show about collecting opportunities: the rise of the asian art markets could be considered controversial.
howard-sneyd believes that the bubble could eventually burst. but, he also thinks that this is one of the great periods of artistic endeavor in china, so a correction in pricing probably wouldn’t destroy the market for contemporary or traditional chinese works of art.
even though the demographics of the market are currently dominated by chinese dealers and collectors, in the long term, he thinks that western dealers and collectors are also very important.
but, howard-sneyd questions whether or not the phenomenal growth of the leading chinese auction houses, such as poly, china guardian, beijing hanhai, or council, can be believed. according to published figures, the turnover in asian art at these four auction houses now dwarfs the turnover in asian art at sotheby’s,christie’s, and bonham’s. but, howard-sneyd also noted that, using data from xinhua, a chinese government news agency, a chinese newspaper journalist implied that the actual volume of these four auction houses could be closer to 25% of the published figures, based on the amount of sales tax that they paid.
all of the rumors seem quite controversial, don’t you think?