The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has announced that Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum, will step down to join Sotheby’s as senior vice president of its new division of fine art. He will begin the new position in September, for which he will work on private sales of contemporary art as part of the global fine art department. Shiner added that he hopes to promote the legacy of Andy Warhol in the market and beyond.
“There’s much more porosity in the art world now between the market, the collector base, galleries, and the nonprofit world of museums,” Shiner told the New York Times. He added, “So it seemed like a natural transition.”
Shiner, who has led the Warhol Museum since 2011, was one of the first big hires for the auction house’s new fine-art division. “It has been an honor to lead the Andy Warhol Museum, and I enter this new phase in my career knowing that the museum is on incredibly solid ground—strong in both financial health and in future potential,” he said. His last day at the institution will be August 15, after which the Carnegie Museums will begin a search for the museum’s next permanent director. Patrick Moore, managing director, will serve as interim director until a suitable replacement is found.