Sotheby’s staff subject to peer review to benefit charity

Robin Cawrdon-Stewart's Stanley, Sandra & Geoffrey (2018)
Courtesy Sotheby's

Having one's works of art reviewed and valued by a room of your colleagues might seem a daunting prospect, doubly so when you work at one of the worlds largest auction houses. However, yesterday evening at the opening of the Sothebys staff selling exhibition Mind the Art, the mood was more convivial than competitive.

Raising money for the mental health charity Mind UK, the show contains 130 works created by around 60 staff members from across Sotheby's European locations, each of whom proved that their artistic interests extended well beyond hammer prices and guarantees.

Employees from every level of the recently privatised company came together to produce pieces, from senior consultant Lydia Cresswell Joness handmade-in-Hackney quilts in abstract geometric prints, to security staff Simon London's brightly coloured photography selling at an affordable £35 a-piece. The priciest works were valued at around £11,000 for David Servan Schribers evocative acrylic-and-fire on panel works ensuring that everyone, from scion to serf, could partake.

Daisy Hutton and Gregory Baker's Untitled (What's in the Box?) (2019)
Courtesy Kabir Jhala

Photography by women might be criminally undervalued in the market, but the award for first prize, announced by the Europe and Middle East managing director Jan Prasens, went to Marta Garcia de Farias softly lit shots of detached, Surreal-esque scenes.

Robin Cawdron-Stewart from the Modern British department took a break from tending the cash bar to accept second prize for his curious ceramic figurines. Cawdron-Stewart refuted all suggestions that these comically proportioned teracotta-tanned sculptures could perhaps represent any sun-soaked mega-dealers or collectors, instead asserting that they take their inspiratRead More – Source