Following the announcement of the closing of its South Kensington salesroom at the end of 2017, Christie’s has, as of last Friday, canceled its June postwar and contemporary art auctions in London, Anny Shaw and Sarah P. Hanson report in the Art Newspaper. In a statement, the auction house says this year is “particularly busy” for collectors, with the Venice Biennale, New York sales scheduled for later in May, Documenta 14, and Art Basel all happening around the same time. Christie’s regularly scheduled impressionist evening sale will go ahead on June 27.
Since Guillaume Cerutti was appointed chief executive last December, Christie’s has closed its South Kensington saleroom in London, which hosted around sixty sales annually; reduced operations in Amsterdam; sent a former senior vice president to David Zwirner; and moved to open a flagship location in Los Angeles by next month.
Christie’s now plans to focus on its contemporary sales in March—which were moved from February this year to avoid a clash with the Chinese New Year—and during Frieze in London, which starts October 6. Meanwhile, rival house Sotheby’s says it has no plans to reschedule its June contemporary sales, while a spokeswoman for Phillips has said that the auction house has not yet made a decision.