Joseph Beuys. ©SZ Photo / Lothar Wolleh / The Bridgeman Art Library ©DACS 2013.
LONDON - With the opening of our London S2 gallery last night, October is already proving to be an exhilarating month and we’re nowhere near the Frieze Art Fairs and our own Contemporary auctions yet.
The final touches to the new space opposite Sotheby’s entrance in St George Street are now completed and we have been relishing the prospect of using this purpose-built gallery to display the Joseph Beuys works that constitute the first show.
Reuniting pieces from between 1947 and 1966, the period when Beuys established his international reputation, Joseph Beuys Revealed is a cohesive display of his defining subjects: animals, landscapes and the female figure. Central to the exhibition is the artist’s bronze sculpture Bett, conceived in 1950 and cast circa 1969. This is joined by 12 early works on paper that underline the central importance of drawing to Beuys’ work. It’s been a joy to work with these pieces by an artist of particular importance to me, all the more so in an environment that will ensure that, whenever they require it, our clients have access to the best that Sotheby’s has to offer – in terms of artworks and service.
Bett, bronze, conceived in 1950 and cast circa 1969, edition 4/6 plus two artist’s proofs, from the selling exhibition Joseph Beuys Revealed.
We also have in place the final element that will propel the S2 Gallery into 2014 and beyond – the appointment of our gallery director. We’ve secured the services of Fru Tholstrup, who having begun her career at Sotheby’s now returns, having in the meantime spent 10 years at Haunch of Venison, co-curated the Soho House Art Collection, been a founding ambassador to the Tate Young Patrons Group, and curated the contemporary art themed Elton John 11th Annual White Tie & Tiara Fundraiser, among many other things. To have someone of Fru’s calibre join us is a huge coup, and drawing on expertise from within Sotheby’s and beyond, she will mastermind a series of dynamic and though-provoking selling exhibitions going forward. The future will be as lively and exciting as the present.