Christie’s CEO Edward Dolman sat for an interview with Malaysia’s The Star Online:
Right now, which particular piece of art is on your mind often?
I have become very interested in the works of Willem de Kooning. He’s a great abstract expressionist and he did a series of women’s portraits or depiction – you can’t call them portraits because they are so abstract – in the 1950s and 1960s.
I think they are incredible. If I ever had enough money, I would buy one.
I think it’s an important new direction that art took at that moment. To me, de Kooning epitomises that abstract expressionism. It was just something magnificent and expressive about what he did. It was new, completely new.
Which current trend in the art business are you most excited about?
I’ve always been interested in Chinese works of art. It’s very interesting to see its influence on Western art for centuries.
And some of the best Western artists have been influenced by Chinese and Japanese art. I’m watching with great interest now as Chinese works of art continue to grow in value and become deemed as more and more important as more collectors come forward to buy.
Your Ten Questions with Edward Dolman (The Star Online)