Loic Gouzer bows out; Phillips moves next door; Did the Macklowe maneuvering just get more interesting; The endless 1MDB scandalThis commentary by Marion Maneker is available to AMMpro subscribers. (The first month of AMMpro is free and subscribers are welcome to sign up for the first month and cancel before they are billed.)
Loic Hits the BeachToday, the hard-to-believe news came across early in the morning that Loic Gouzer would be taking some to work on environmental issues “before coming back to the art world with a new project.” Gouzer follows Francis Outred and Koji Inoue out the door at Christie’s. If anyone at the auction house is panicking over this, they’re not showing it. Instead, there is some indication that the long era of the star system at Christie’s might be coming to an end. Going back twenty years, starting with Philippe Ségalot’s appointment as the head of Contemporary art at Christie’s, followed by the odd couple act of Brett Gorvy and Amy Cappellazzo with the secondary plot line of Laura Paulson, to the buddy act of Alex Rotter and Gouzer, there have been attention-getting stars in Christie’s Contemporary art department. The unstated premise seemed to be that big buyers and sellers were attracted to, amused and seduced by, and felt comfortable with big personalities in that role.
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