How does virus affect art market world

Simon de Pury is renowned for his legendary performance on the auction podium

Simon de Pury.

Following the vibrant virtual studio tour with American sculptor Jonathan Prince in May, next week Stephanie Manasseh, Director of SM Art Advisory, is inviting the art lovers for an informal chat with Simon de Pury. The talk will be about his extensive and varied career, life in lockdown, and the state of the art market during the coronavirus outbreak. The meeting will take place on 18 June at 5:00pm (Brussels), 11:00am (New York), on Zoom.

Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market, renowned for his legendary performance on the auction podium and for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace. He was Chairman and Chief Auctioneer of Phillips de Pury and Company and earlier was Chairman for Europe and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide at Sotheby's.

Pury is an active charity auctioneer, and over the years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions. He has served as an active selection committee member of Accessible Art Fair (ACAF) for the last two years.

Often called "the Mick Jagger of art auctions" for his masterful flair, during the years he had met a number of big names in the art world. Among them was Christo, who passed away on 31 May. Christo was born in Bulgaria and studied at Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, before leaving the country in 1956.

When the news of Christo’s death spread, Pury tweeted: “Christo RIP. Together with Jeanne-Claude who was born the same day as him (June 13, 1935) they created unforgettable art installations that each time were being dismounted after a very short time and will only be remembered by preparatory drawings and photographic and video documentation. I will never forget the sensation it caused, when in 1968, as their first large scale project, they entirely wrapped up the Kunsthalle Bern. It is wonderful to hear that according to their wishes, their last project, l’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) will still go ahead in September/ October 2021. I took this photograph of Christo in September 2018 on the occasion of his exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.”

Stephanie Manasseh has brought together top leaders in the industry to select and showcase the best emerging artists in cities around the world including Antwerp, Tel Aviv, and New York. She is sought after for her knowledge of the art market, having worked on a number of prestigious projects that range from building philanthropic collections to providing art for upscale hospitality settings. Commenting on her work, Pury said “For an artist having access to an audience is of paramount importance. Stephanie Manasseh’s Accessible Art Fair opens doors in a field where entry is notoriously narrow”.

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