Simon de Pury: Who are today's green artists?
One of the art world's leading figures, Simon de Pury is renowned for his deep and long-standing knowledge of the global marketplace and his legendary auctioneering style. He generates excitement in the saleroom with a display of great wit and can conduct sales in four languages-English, French, German and Italian.
Born in Basel in 1951, Simon de Pury studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo in the 1970s. After working at the auctioneers, Kornfeld & Klipstein in Bern and subsequently studying at Sotheby's Institute, Simon de Pury joined Sotheby's working in London, Geneva and Monte Carlo.
In 1997, Simon de Pury co-founded with Daniella Luxembourg, de Pury & Luxembourg Art, a Geneva-based art advisory firm. In 2001, this firm merged with Phillips Auctioneers to become Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg which specialized in the sale of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art, Jewelry, Photography, and 20th and 21st Century Decorative Arts. In 2004, Simon de Pury became the majority shareholder and Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company.
Simon de Pury: Yes it is beginning to happen. In England for instance, you have David de Rothschild who has worked with designers, furniture makers to try and use recycled materials; transform them into works of art; or Africa has some of the greatest talent today. Artistic talent is coming out of Africa, and it is sensational to see how materials, you know, can . . . of very common objects are being recycled into major works of art. And so yes, one just begins to see something of that happening. There is a great collection of African art put together by a collector called John .... . . John ..., that collection has traveled through various museums. I think it was shown at the . . . the Hirshhorn if I’m not mistaken in Washington. It was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa. It was shown at the Monte Carlo. It was shown at the Venice bi-annual. The last one, there was a whole section devoted to African art which showed some of those aspects. And . . . But it’s still not easy to find that art, and there are one or two good books that have been written on the subject. Recorded on: 2/7/08
De Pury on the work emerging from England and Africa.
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