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Sotheby’s Makes Bids for Christie’s Execs

February 12th, 2016

Pablo Picasso's La Carafe (Bouteille et verre) sells at Christie's, via Rae Wang for Art ObservedThe New York Times reports that Sotheby’s is quite eager to hire top talent from Christie’s, noting that the auction house has offered waive standing noncompete obligations for former employees in order to hire former executives from Christie’s.  The proposal centered around former Christie’s America head Marc Porter, whom Sotheby’s had recruited as chairman of its new Fine Arts Division.
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Katie Hollander Named New Director of Creative Time

February 12th, 2016

Katie Hollander, via NYTCreative Time has appointed Katie Hollander, longtime deputy head of the organization, to take over for Anne Pasternak as its director.  “The thing I’m most committed to,” Hollander syas, “is thinking about new platforms to help amplify artists’ voices.”
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New Yorker Looks Inside Hermann Göring’s Nazi Art Log

February 12th, 2016

Hitler and Göring, via New YorkerThe New Yorker looks inside the personal art log of Hermann Göring, which catalogs many of the actions in seizing Nazi war loot, and the collectors they were taken from.  “For many people, wartime looting is a rather abstract concept,” says archivist Isabelle Richefort. “Here we can see how it happened, day by day.”
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Dakis Joannou

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1970

Joannou is the Greek chair of a group of privately held building and civil engineering companies. He is a member of the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art and sits as a council member at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate.

He is considered one of the world leaders in collecting contemporary European art and has also been closely-linked to American-born Jeff Koons collecting pieces from his 1985 “Equilibrium” series which inspired Joannou to begin collecting art, as well as the British pair of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Notable works in his collection include Koon’s “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” as well as Chris Ofili’s “The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of Black Stars”.

He is also the founder Athen’s privately-funded Deste Foundation which purchases and shows the work of promising young artists.

On collection:

“Art can certainly be perceived as an economic investment, but also as a sound investment on a human level. For example, if you develop a collection and you then give people access to these works of art, whether by lending them to museums or showing them in your own exhibition space, this goes way beyond an investment of money. That’s how I like to do things.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.

Dakis Joannou- Website

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