Sotheby’s New York unveiled its dramatically reimagined galleries on May 3, and the results are as mind-blowing as the artworks displayed.
Designed by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, the 90,000 square feet of new exhibition space on four floors features 40 public galleries and nine private sales salons. Among the innovations are three double-height galleries, soaring to 20 and more feet, allowing the auction house to place on view the largest of large-scale works.
The expanded galleries are a boon to collectors looking to examine and study works before bidding at auction. For the general public, they are a destination and an activity that rivals museumgoing, with the bonus that displays rotate and change every few weeks as auctions are completed. Moreover, admission to Sotheby’s pre-sale exhibitions is free.
Currently on display are 1,400 works culled from May”s blue-chip auctions: Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale (Exhibition: May 3-14; Sale: May 14 at 7 pm); Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale (Exhibition: May 3-14; Sale: May 15 at 10 am and 2 pm); Contemporary Art Evening Auction (Exhibition: May 3-16; Auction: May 16 at 7 pm); Contemporary Art Day Sale (Exhibition: May 3-May 16; Auction: May 17 at 10 am and 2 pm). Exhibition highlights are below.
Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Ave., btw E. 71st & E. 72nd sts.