Auction HousesArtists 02-10-2017

October 2 | A good week for women in the arts

As eleven of the art world’s most powerful women call for increased efforts in achieving gender equality within the industry, new appointments internationally recognize the important role women play at art institutions worldwide. Elsewhere, Sotheby’s first sale of Post-war and Contemporary photography sees mixed results.

The art world’s most powerful women come together for women artists

Eleven of the art world’s most powerful women, including Frieze director Victoria Siddall, artist Rana Begum, Tate Modern director Frances Morris, gallerist Kate MacGarry as well as Emma Dexter, British Council director of visual arts, Cheyenne Westphal (Phillips) and Baltic director Sarah Munro were photographed for the November edition of House & Garden magazine. Despite the magazine celebrating a “golden moment” for women within the industry, the 11 art world superstars warned that more needs to be done to achieve parity with men.

In particular, Ms Siddall said: “In the contemporary art world, there are so many women in senior positions that you can be lulled into thinking that there’s no imbalance, and that it’s not an issue any more. You could think job done, but the reality is that there’s some way to go”. More on the Evening Standard.


“Golden moment”: from left, Kate Gordon, CEO of London Art Studios; Kate MacGarry, gallerist; Rana Begum, artist; Emma Dexter, British Council director of visual arts; Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern; Sarah Munro, director of Baltic; Victoria Sidd Jake Curtis




HR: more women in senior roles

Is it indeed a “golden moment” for women in the arts? Over in New York, Ana Janevski was appointed Curator of Performance and Media Art at MoMA after having served at the institution for six years. In her new role, she will be responsible for the MoMA’s performance and media program, which will be one of the highlights of the museum’s new Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed expansion, set to be completed by 2019. (ARTnews)


Elsewhere, Julia Gonnella was appointed director of Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art, where she served as curator since 2009. Read more on Artforum.


Lastly, Susanne Pfeffer, who was responsible for curating the Golden Lion-winning German pavilion in Venice, was named as the new director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Pfeffer was previously director of Kassel’s Fridericianum. Via Der Spiegel.


Ana Janevski photo: Sandra Šimunović - HANZA MEDIA / Julia Gonnella, © QATAR MUSEUMS / Susanne Pfeffer: photo via




The results are in for Sotheby’s first ever Post-war and Contemporary photography sale

With 70 out of the 93 lots sold, the sale, held on September 28 in New York, realized $2.5 million — above the lower presale estimate of $2.1 million but still far from the high estimate of $3.2 million. Works from the Ames Collection accounted for $1.5 million of the total. The auction house has cited a “robust” interest in photographs by Thomas Struth, Helena Almeida and Kohei Yoshiyuki. Emily Bierman, head of Sotheby’s photographs department in New York, has said that the auction house is “happy with the performance of [their] inaugural sale” and that it plans on “conducting more contemporary photographs auctions in the near future”. Read more on artnet news.


Thomas Struth, Mailänder Dom (Fassade), Mailand (1998), sold for $456,500 (estimate of $300,000 to $500,000)


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