Loic Gouzer, an irreverent maverick who led history-making gross sales of Leonardo da Vinci, Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hockney, is stepping down as co-chairman of Christie’s Americas postwar and modern artwork on the finish of this yr, the public sale home introduced on Monday.
In an announcement, Mr. Gouzer stated that he would spend “the next few months concentrating on conservation and climate issues before coming back to the art world with a new project.”
The announcement marks the second main departure from the public sale home; Francis Outred, Christie’s head of postwar and modern artwork in Europe, resigned final month. Mr. Gouzer’s exit leaves in cost his co-chairman, Alex Rotter, who got here to Christie’s from Sotheby’s final yr.
Guillaume Cerutti, Christie’s chief govt, stated within the assertion: “I want Loic the perfect together with his future ventures.”
Over the final 4 years Mr. Gouzer championed separate curated gross sales at Christie’s, making a sequence of stand-alone auctions whose artwork he usually handpicked to enchantment to a youthful technology of collectors. They included “If I Live…,” “Bound to Fail,” and “Looking Forward to the Past,” which achieved worth highs for Pablo Picasso’s “Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” and Alberto Giacometti’s “Pointing Man.”
In 2017, he conceived and shepherded the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” for $450.three million in partnership with Christie’s Old Masters division. This fall, he oversaw the sale of David Hockney’s “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” which introduced $90.three million, an public sale excessive for a residing artist.
A vocal environmentalist, Mr. Gouzer in 2013 collaborated with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to current“The 11th Hour” a charity public sale that raised $38.eight million for wildlife conservation.
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