Robert Pattinson Lends His Curatorial Eye to Sotheby’s for Its Upcoming Auction

Sotheby’s recently tapped Skepta to curate a selection of artwork for its “Contemporary Curated” sale, including the rapper’s first painting, Mama Goes to Market, which sold for £81,900 GBP / $94,656 USD. To follow-up, the auction house has enlisted the creative prowess of acclaimed British actor, Robert Pattinson, who similarly flexes his curatorial eye.

Energy, dynamism and sensuality are several prevalent themes that unite the work that Pattinson has chosen — from a mythic bronze portrait by Thomas Houseago, to more abstract compositions by Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra and Julie Mehretu, amongst others. “There’s certain paintings where it kind of seems like the work almost created itself…like [Alberto] Giacometti’s sculptures. It always just feels like he’s found them somewhere within himself,” Pattinson said.

The actor and producer goes on to state that each painting he’s chosen feels like there is a story waiting to be told, such as Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Old Rope, 2006. “She is telling a story in color and texture and you can feel there is a past and a future to a painting. I think that appeals to me a lot,” Pattinson added.

The “Contemporary Curated” exhibition will go on view at Sotheby’s New York outpost from September 24 to 29, while the sale will begin on September 30 at 10am EST (Lots 1-106) and 2pm EST (Lots 201-323) that will accept advance, absentee, phone and online bidding.

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