Art Voices: The Eye of the Beholder | Erik Madigan Heck Encounters Botticelli’s Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel

25 January 2021 • 5:00 PM EST • New York
Join us for the worldwide virtual premiere of the short film The Eye of the Beholder, created in collaboration with renowned artist and photographer Erik Madigan Heck. The film captures Heck’s first encounter with Botticelli’s Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel, as well as a conversation with Christopher Apostle, Head of Department, Old Master Paintings, New York. Inspired by this extraordinary portrait, Heck will share how Botticelli and the innovations of the Renaissance influence his own work, a multimedia practice of painting, photography, music and more.

Erik Madigan Heck

Erik Madigan Heck is an artist working between photography, painting, film and music. Primarily recognized for his work in the field of contemporary photography – he has been the recipient of numerous awards including The International Center of Photography’s prestigious ‘Infinity Award’; the FOAM Fotografiemuseum ‘Talent Award’; Forbes ’30 under 30 award and The Art Director’s Club’s ‘Gold Medal’ in excellence for his ‘Old Master’s Portfolio,’ published by The New York Times Magazine.

Heck’s public work is most notably identified by his use of graphic and bold color arrangements which have come to define some of the most iconic magazine covers of the past decade, for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, Le Monde, The Guardian, amongst many others.

Heck is the author of six books and is currently working on two new books of photographs to be released in 2021-2022. Portrait by Ryan Lavine.

Christopher Apostle

Christopher Apostle, Senior Vice President, Head of Department, joined Sotheby’s in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Languages and Humanities from the College of Hampden-Sydney in Virginia and having attended Sotheby’s Works of Art course in London in 1986–87 as well as Sotheby’s New York Apprentice Program.

Christopher, Head of Department in New York since 2000, has been instrumental in the sales of a number of the most important collections of Old Master Paintings that have come to market, including the estates of Walter P Chrysler, Wendall Cherry and Peter J Sharp and the collections of the New-York Historical Society, Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Saul Steinberg and the Countess du Boisrouvray.

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