Sotheby’s in London has quite traditional exhibition and auction spaces in New Bond Street. New York is quite a contrast with its modern ten-storey glass building providing a substantial area of flexible exhibition spaces on several floors around a central atrium with escalators, designed by architect Richard Gluckman, who also designed the permanent collection spaces in the Whitney Museum of American Art, and incorporating a versatile lighting system to enable different environments to suit different types of art and different artists. It must be one of the most impressive auction houses in North America.
This was the week for impressionist, modern and contemporary art in New York, primarily from the USA and Europe, and with additional art from Latin America, with auctions at all the three main houses, Sotheby’s. Phillips and Christies including a spectacular range of major international artists at prices well into seven figures. Sotheby’s building was in full use with exhibitions over all the floors, creating different moods for Picasso, for modern art and for contemporary art, making good use of the daylight and windows to give glimpses out of the building, particularly by placing sculptures, modern and new, in front of windows and at light corners, allowing the exhibitions to connect with the world outside