Judith H. Dobrynski reports in artinfo that Christie's is positioning itself as a dealer. The auction house, with intimate connections to collectors, dealers, and beyond could render itself an even bigger power-house with an art space in Rockefeller Center. Is this a beginning of something bigger?
Last week, just as the bellwether fall sales of Impressionist, Modern and contemporary art in New York were about to begin, Christie’s announced that it was going deeper into dealer territory. Not with that headline, of course. The press release was titled CHRISTIE’S OPENS NEW ART SPACE IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER, and it said that architect Annabelle Selldorf, whose work can be seen in many NYC commercial galleries as well the renovated Clark Art Institute, had designed the new galleries. There are four of them, plus five private viewing rooms, occupying a total of 11,000 square feet.
Full report in artinfo.