Jo Vickery has been with Sotheby’s since 1997. She served as Head of the Russian Department at Sotheby’s from 2004-2013 where she was a pioneering force driving the market through a decade of growth and development. She was named on the 2004 Powerlist by Art+Auction for her record sale in May of that year, which brought Russian Art onto the international stage for the first time. Under her leadership the Russian department at Sotheby’s consistently maintained market lead in this field for a decade.
Notable achievements include the sale of the legendary Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Collection of Russian Art in 2007, and the private sale of Robert Falk’s Portrait of Kagan Shabshai for a world record price in 2013. She has initiated several new sales for Sotheby’s, including the first ever contemporary Russian Art sale in London in 2007, and the At the Crossroads, Contemporary Art from the Caucasus and Central Asia selling exhibitions in 2012 & 2013.
During 2014 Ms Vickery served as Head of Private Sales for Sotheby’s Europe before returning to the Russian business as International Director of Russian Art, where she is currently working with major Russian collectors and sourcing Russian art for auction and private sale.
Ms Vickery is a fluent Russian speaker, and a graduate of Durham and Edinburgh Universities. She is a member of Tate’s Russian and Eastern European Acquisitions Committee, and has a special interest in contemporary art from Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. She is executive editor of “Frozen Dreams, Contemporary Art from Russia” published by Thames and Hudson in 2012.