The Best Events of 2020, Virtual Of Course

The Best Events of 2020, Virtual Of Course

A t Sotheby's, we came together during a year spent apart through a series of virtual talks and performances designed to inspire and engage. Artists, collectors and art world luminaries gathered online to discuss a wonderful variety of topics ranging from Hip Hop and fashion to the extraordinary life of 17th century painter Artemesia Gentileschi. The best part? If you missed them the first time around, now is the perfect opportunity to binge watch. Enjoy our shortlist of favorites from an eventful year.


The Nutcracker Reimagined: A Collaboration with the New York City Ballet

The Nutcracker Reimagined featured a virtual premiere of an original performance created in collaboration with New York City Ballet. In celebration of Sotheby’s Festival of Wonder, the dancers are styled with magnificent jewels and watches from the upcoming auctions as they move through Sotheby’s art-filled galleries. Composed with music from The Nutcracker, original choreography by NYCB soloist Peter Walker, and an introduction by artistic director Jonathan Stafford and Sotheby's Frank Everett, this imaginative performance combines art and dance to bring a bit of holiday magic to viewers around the world.

Conversations on Contemporary Art: Tracey Emin on Edvard Munch

In Tracey Emin on Edvard Munch, artist Tracey Emin discusses the profound influence Norwegian painter Edvard Munch has had on her work. A part of our series 'Conversations on Contemporary Art,' Tracey speaks with British GQ Editor, Dylan Jones, curator of the Munch Museum, Kari Brandtzaeg, and Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Arts Division, Simon Shaw. As Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul is exhibited at the RA, discover how Tracey hand-picked a selection of Munch’s work from the Munch Museum to show alongside her most recent paintings and discover why Munch’s most famous work The Scream – which was sold at Sotheby’s in 2012 - has had such a profound effect on modern culture.


Summer Talks: Artist Yinka Shonibare and Design Museum Director Tim Marlow

In this virtual event, a part of the series ‘Summer Talks’, British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare, converses with Design Museum Director, Tim Marlow OBE. In honor of Sotheby’s cross-category Evening Sale ‘Rembrandt to Richter', Yinka and Tim examine the threads and influences running through art history and explore how different genres and periods have inspired the artists of our time.

Fortune Favors the Bold: Women Who Rocked the Photographs Market

Watch our virtual panel conversation, Women Who Rocked the Photographs Market, in collaboration with AIPAD. Featuring Lee Marks, Photography Dealer, Consultant and Founding Member of AIPAD; Denise Bethel, Photographs Consultant, former Chairman of Sotheby's Photographs; and Sondra Gilman, Patron and Photographs Collector. Moderated by Emily Bierman, Vice President, Head of Sotheby's Photographs.

Director’s Dialog: Michael Govan in Conversation with Nina del Rio and Pauline Willis

photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Sotheby’s and the American Federation of Arts collaborated to present, Director's Dialog, with Pauline Willis, AFA Director & CEO, in conversation with Michael Govan, Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Nina del Rio, Sotheby’s SVP, Vice Chairman, Advisory and Museum Services. The conversation touches on LACMA’s response to this unique moment in history, their upcoming construction plans, and vision for the future.

Sotheby's Unveils Carine Roitfeld's Le Spectre De La Rose

Experience the long-lasting influence of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes on the arts and fashion of the 20th-century in this Sotheby's webinar. Celebrating fashion, dance and jewelry, hear Carine Roitfeld discuss her inspiration for the costume styling, and her conversation with Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director and Lead Principal, English National Ballet; Ismene Brown, Dance writer for The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator; and Benoit Repellin, Sotheby’s Director and Head of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels.

Summer Talks: Artist Kehinde Wiley and The Duke of Devonshire

The second of our series of ‘Summer Talks’, watch this virtual event, featuring Sotheby’s Chairman Oliver Barker in conversation with American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley and The Duke of Devonshire. Kehinde and the Duke examine the history of portraiture and the power of the image, bringing together the arts of the past and the arts of the present in this talk.

Prada | Tools of Memory – Redefining the World of Fashion Through Art and Design

Watch Redefining the World of Fashion Through Art and Design, featuring Vogue Italia Creative Director Ferdinando Verderi in conversation with Another Magazine Fashion Features Director, Alexander Fury, and Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, as they discuss Prada’s universe of understated luxury and transformative fashion. The auction Prada: Tools of Memory honored Miuccia Prada’s unique vision within the house of Prada, in which she redefined the world of fashion through design, art and architecture.

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Greatest Female Painter of the 17th Century

Join Art Historian Katy Hessel, National Gallery Curator Letizia Treves and Sotheby's Senior Specialist Edoardo Roberti, in an exclusive webinar on pioneering 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi, to celebrate Artemisia at the National Gallery in London, a five-star exhibition proudly sponsored by Sotheby’s. The panelists will explore Artemisia’s extraordinary life as a female artist in the 1600s, and how her pioneering work inspired some of the greatest women artists of our time.

The Influence of Hip Hop on Fashion

In this virtual event, which was organized in honor of Sotheby's Hip Hop Auction, senior specialist Cassandra Hatton sat down with fashion designer Dapper Dan, photographer Janette Beckman and jeweler Johnny Nelson to discuss the relationship between Fashion and Hip Hop.

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