Sotheby’s have appointed Alexander Rotter and Cheyenne Westphal as worldwide heads of Sotheby’s Contemporary art department, and Helena Newman and Simon Shaw as worldwide heads of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern art department.
The appointments follow speculation over who
would succeed the company's former Contemporary art chief, Tobias Meyer,
who left the company at the end of last year.
All four new appointees are
experienced specialists who have led Sotheby's teams across the
world in recent years, and the promotions bring continuity to the
auction house's operations.
"With auction sales that have grown
five-fold in the past decade and private sales that have quadrupled
since 2010, as well as the development of the S|2 brand, the global
gallery arm of Sotheby's Contemporary art department, Sotheby's is
uniquely qualified to best serve clients in the marketplace," said
chief executive Bill Ruprecht.
"Alex and Cheyenne boast nearly 40
years of experience between them and have strong relationships with
virtually every major collector, dealer, advisor and artist in the
He was equally confident in his other
appointments: "With global sales that grew 21% in 2013 alone, it is
clear that Helena and Simon's leadership is a successful formula
for our clients and our business.
"Over the course of their combined 44
years at Sotheby's, they have helped bring to market iconic works
of art spanning 100 years of art history, including Edvard
Munch's The Scream, Alberto Giacometti's
Walking Man, and Pablo Picasso's Boy with a Pipe
- each achieving prices over $100m and establishing lasting
benchmarks in the auction market."