With a focus on more accurately capturing the visual and intellectual synergies across categories and time periods, Sotheby’s is reimagining its Global Fine Art marquee sale categories to present a more holistic art historical approach to its Evening Sales, which reflect the recent shifts in collector taste and focus, including the growing comfort and flexibility of cross-category collecting, and a fresh approach to the traditional auction calendar. Beginning this November in New York, Sotheby’s will present reimagined Evening Sales for Modern Art, formerly Impressionist & Modern Art, and Contemporary Art, as well as introduce a new sale: The Now, a showcase of the most cutting-edge art and artists of today.
The Modern Evening Auction (16 November 2021) will focus on works that capture the spirit of the various ways in which artists of the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century dared to challenge established norms of artistic practice to create a new and wholly modern vision of art. Ranging from Impressionism to Pointillism to Cubism and beyond, the Modern sale spotlights these critical developments through the mid-20th century, and will incorporate works by post-war artists to trace the origins and fulfillment of total abstraction.
The Contemporary Evening Auction (18 November 2021) will focus primarily on art spanning the latter half of the 20th century, beginning with the Pop Art movement, which was inaugurated in the 1950s through the critical postmodern inquiries of the 1980s and 1990s, which set the foundation for the art of the next century.
The Now Evening Auction (18 November 2021) will focus on art executed in the last 20 years, providing a masterpiece context for well-established, newly canonized artists such as Mark Bradford and Yoshitomo Nara, as well as heightened visibility and a relevant art historical context for younger artists, establishing the masters of today and tomorrow.
Select Lots from the Auctions will be on view at the following Preview Highlights Exhibitions prior to the full exhibition in New York starting on 5 November:
Preview Highlights Exhibition Hong Kong, October 7–11
Preview Highlights Exhibition Paris, October 8–12
Preview Highlights Exhibition London, October 22–25
Preview Highlights Exhibition Los Angeles, October 28–31