ArtistsArt Business 31-10-2016

October 31 | Sotheby’s acquires Mei Moses Art indices, launches its first art market index

Sotheby’s announced today that it has purchased the Mei Moses Art Indices, an art market analytics tool that appraises the strength of the art market against other asset classes.

The Indices operates by looking at works that have been sold at Sotheby’s or Christie’s more than once, and tracking the changes in purchase value over time. The database contains information on 45,000 works of art that have been sold at auction more than once. Around 4,000 of these are sold again each year.  The indices will be renamed Sotheby’s Mei Moses. More info on Art Market Monitor.


Carolyn Marsden-Smith, currently head of exhibitions at the British Museum, has been named the new associate director for exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She will succeed Quincy Houghton, who left to join the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and will take up the position in January 2017. The museum’s director Timothy Potts said that Marsden-Smith’s success during her sixteen-year tenure at the British Museum is “the ideal platform on which to continue to strengthen the Getty’s exhibition program in the years ahead.” Marsden-Smith managed and oversaw the exhibition program, which notably included “Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia”, (2005) “First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” (2007) and “Celts: Art and Identity”. (2015) More via Artforum.


“21 rue La Boétie,” an exhibition currently showing at La Boverie in Liege, Belgium which explores the influential career of art dealer Paul Rosenberg, will not travel as planned to the Centre Pompidou but will open instead at Paris’ Musée Maillol, from March-July 2017. The current exhibition, which runs until January 29, 2017, displays 63 works that Rosenberg collected, including paintings by Matisse, Braque and Picasso. The Pompidou will put on a rival exhibition which will display works that were donated to the institution by Rosenberg. The show is scheduled to run from February through June 2018. The Art Newspaper has the full story.

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