SOME of the most sought after contemporary artists working today are featured at Just Now at S|2 – the private sale and gallery arm of Sotheby’s contemporary art department. Curated by collector Bert Kreuk, who has for the past ten years focused his own collecting on a new generation of artists, it features work by artists like Oscar Murillo, Alex Hubbard, Danh Vo and Theaster Gates. S|2 is at St. George St., London W1. For Kreuk, collecting art is part of an educational journey. From his own collection, these works reveal an emerging generation of artists who, inspired by traditional techniques, are developing conceptual works that increasingly focus on a performative narrative. In addition to his own collection he is involved with the Tate Members Council and is a strong supporter of Dutch museums. Many of his works are on loan to public collections. Just Now runs until March 4.
Bill Ruprecht, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s, today announced the appointment of Alexander Rotter and Cheyenne Westphal as Worldwide Heads of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department, and the appointment of Helena Newman and Simon Shaw as Worldwide Heads of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department. Here are videos where they each talk of defining career moments. (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas has announced the acquisition of Jeff Koons, Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta), 1994-2006, one of five unique versions. Retained by the artist until sold directly to the museum in 2013 it was installed just in time for Valentine’s Day, 2014).