Art of Interiors

When designing a home, knowing how to best display your artwork is an important consideration. Interior designer April Russell, offers her top tips for how best to display artwork in your home.


Think carefully about your surroundings

Each piece of art in your collection has been carefully selected and deserves its own place to shine. To create a home with all the beauty of a galleried space, carefully consider using a frame within the time period of the work, avoid hanging art on an overly patterned wall, and design your room around the artwork, rather than choosing works that simply ‘fit.’


Make a plan for your collection

Something I like to do, especially when working with a large collection, is to split the pieces across different rooms, and lean the art against walls before making a decision. This way, I can see how the piece will work with existing colors and patterns before making a final decision—and any unnecessary holes in the wall.


Don’t be afraid to be a little different

Sometimes it’s fun to try something new with your art. One thing I find adds a delightful pop of color is to take a black and white print, and adorn it with a bright frame. This works especially well with a cluster of family portraits. It’s unexpected and a perfect way to add personality to your home.

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Many thanks to our guest blogger, April Russell, who has more than 20 years’ experience, trained at London’s Inchbald School of Design and at Sotheby’s, where she developed her talent and confirmed her determination to put the client at the center of each design project.

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Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Spring Preview / Iconic Works by Picasso, Matisse & Monet

Sotheby’s spring Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art will be held in New York on 7 May 2014 with the New York exhibition beginning this Friday in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries. Highlights from the sale include iconic works by Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, Monet and Léger.

“We are thrilled to offer works by three of the greatest masters of 20th century art, each of which exemplifies the artist’s output at a critical moment in their career,” said David Norman, Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department Worldwide. “Matisse, Picasso and Léger in their unique manner so distinctively catapulted the representation of the figure in to the Modern Age. These paintings, resplendent in color and bold in design, which were respectively executed in successive decades from the 1920s to 40s, resonate with today’s global audience of collectors and connoisseurs.”

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Marie-Thérèse, 1932 / Sotheby's Spring 2014

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Marie-Thérèse, 1932 (est. $15/20 million)

The auction will offer an impressive selection of 14 works by Pablo Picasso, with examples reaching across his remarkable career – from an early drawing dated to 1900, through a late oil painting from 1969. The group features Tête de Marie-Thérèse from 1932, a radiant example of his paintings depicting his beloved mistress of the early 1930s (est. $15/20 million).

Monet La Pont Japonias / Sotheby's Spring 2014

Claude Monet, Le pont japonais, 1918 (est. $12/18 million)

The Evening Sale will offer three impressive canvases by Impressionist master Claude Monet, including Le pont japonais which he painted at Giverny from 1918–24 (est. $12/18 million). Monet’s spectacular images of the Japanese bridge spanning the lily pond of his lush garden are among the most recognizable images of 20th century art.

Henri Matisse / Sotheby's Spring 2014

Henri Matisse, La Séance du matin, 1924 (est. $20/30 million)

Henri Matisse’s La Séance du matin (est. $20/30 million) depicts the artist’s studio assistant Henriette Darricarrère, whose own interest in painting he encouraged by offering her lessons during their working time together. In another version of this same subject, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Matisse depicts a nude model alongside the studious painter. The present composition instead features Henriette alone, completely absorbed in her own work.

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Beyond Limits Art Exhibition at Chatsworth House

Each year Sotheby’s is honoured to present Beyond Limits at historic Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England. This year’s exhibition features a spectacular selection of more than 20 monumental sculptures from around the world.

This year’s show includes a particularly strong contingent of home-grown artists including Bill Woodrow, Tony Cragg and Allen Jones, who will be creating a specially commissioned sculpture for this latest edition of Beyond Limits. The exhibits are notable for their exciting range of materials – from the traditional, such as bronze and stone, to fibre-glass, aluminium, steel and acrylic. The extraordinary diversity of these international artists’ works represents some of the most original and thrilling monumental sculpture being made today.

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg, DeclinationExecuted in 2005 and cast in bronze in an edition of 1 plus 1 artist’s proof by the Kayser & Klippel foundry in Dusseldorf.


Alice Aycock, Cyclone Twist Conceived in 2013 and executed in aluminium in an edition of 1 plus 1 artist’s proof.


 Marc Quinn, Spiral of the GalaxyExecuted in 2013 and cast in bronze in an edition of 3.

Watch highlights of the exhibition.

Inside the Mind of a Fine Art Collector

From the pages of RESIDE® / Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World / Spring 2013 Master Edition

Collecting is often viewed as a curious compulsion, with someone driven to acquire every example in a particular field. A short tour of the Internet reveals some astonishing examples, ranging from posters depicting fish to Soviet era calculators and chocolate wrappers including examples from Oman and Uzbekistan.

The more rarefied world of art collecting, however, operates in a slightly different fashion. Certainly a cursory examination would seem to indicate a similar level of obsession, with collectors gathering thousands of examples of their chosen field be it Old Master drawings, Meissen ceramics or duck decoys.

However, it does not reveal the full story. It perhaps remains impossible to define what drives someone to collect, be it fine art or film memorabilia, but art collectors tend to operate with a higher degree of discernment, not simply acquiring every example of an object, but curating their collection to ensure it is both comprehensive and of high quality.

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Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Spring 2013 Sales

Go behind the scenes as Sotheby’s prepares for the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art sales in New York.

Amedeo Modigliani’s L’Amazone Sotheby'sPhoto:

Amedeo Modigliani’s L’Amazone is readied for exhibition at Sotheby’s in London. As part of The Collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt, Modigliani’s sensational L’Amazone is an early masterpiece by the artist and one of his most arresting images of women. Painted in 1909, it depicts Baroness Marguerite de Hasse de Villers, a glamorous socialite and lover of the younger brother of Modigliani’s patron, Paul Alexandre. Marguerite poses in her riding-habit, gloved-hand on her hip and her arch gaze holding the viewer captivated.

L’Amazone’s draughtsmanship and exquisite brushwork announced the arrival of a singular talent that Modigliani would explore during the following decade. L’Amazone will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on 7 May 2013 and is estimated to fetch $20/30 million. Proceeds from the sale of The Collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt will benefit a charitable foundation to be established in their name and for which will support the causes that they both were passionate about, especially those concerned with animal welfare.

jackson pollock The Blue Unconscious Sotheby's


The Blue Unconscious by Jackson Pollock on view at Sotheby’s Los Angeles gallery. The monumental canvas (84 x 56 in., 213.4 x 142.1 cm.) was painted in the critical year of 1946, just prior to the establishment of the artist’s celebrated drip paintings. Pollock executed the present work in the famed Long Island barn studio he established after moving to East Hampton with his wife, Lee Krasner, the prior year to escape the pressures of the New York City art world. The canvas has remained in the same private collection for nearly 50 years having last appeared on the market in a 1965 auction at Parke-Bernet. The appearance of the work on the market comes just months after Sotheby’s set a new Pollock auction record with Number 4, 1951 which sold for $40,402,500 (est. $25/35million) in November 2012. The Blue Unconscious is estimated to bring $20/30 million and will be auction for sale at the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on 7 May 2013 after it travels for exhibition in LA and London.

Léger’s Trois femmes à la table rouge Madonna Sotheby'sPhoto:

Fernand Léger’s Trois femmes à la table rouge on exhibition at Sotheby’s in London during a press preview event. The painting, which is from the collection of legendary entertainer Madonna and is estimated at $5/7 million, will be auction at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on 7 May 2013.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation to support girls’ education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. In Afghanistan, just 12% of women are literate and it is estimated that only seven girls to every ten boys are able to attend school. In Pakistan, which has one of the largest populations of out-of-school children in the world, it is estimated that there are more than 3 million primary school-aged girls unable to attend school.

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Highlights from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2013

This weekend the 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show kicks off in New York City. The international exhibition attracts architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts who seek the best in new furnishings, appliances, accessories and art. As a preferred media partner of Architectural Digest, Sotheby’s International Realty was a guest attendee of the VIP trade preview event.

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The event opened with a keynote presentation featuring Architectural Digest’s Editor in chief Margaret Russell, and Interior Designer and TV personality Nate Berkus.

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

Last week, the much anticipated 12th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach took place in South Florida.

According to Sotheby’s, Art Basel Miami Beach has quickly become the most important contemporary art event in America. Watch this exclusive Sotheby’s video with Tim Marlow, which recaps this year’s event and highlights some of the event’s best works.

Have you been inspired? Here are five beautiful Miami Beach homes ideal for displaying any one of the thousands of works of art exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA / $38,000,000 / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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Just minutes from South Beach, this stunning waterfront home is located on the island’s most coveted residential street.  The contemporary, casual design with warm, organic materials including coral rock, white oak floors and Zen gardens make 20,000-plus square feet of oversized rooms feel like an intimate home.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA / $11,900,000 / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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This contemporary waterfront home is located on the Venetian Islands in Biscayne Bay directly between Miami and Miami Beach. The home’s two-story sunken living room with sweeping skyline views is a perfect canvas for showcasing large-scale, contemporary works of art.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA / $2,950,000 / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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Classic and sophisticated, this Mediterranean-style home  in Miami Beach overlooks the La Gorce golf course.  The juxtaposition between the home’s 1930?s architectural details and contemporary art and furnishing creates a modern, yet comfortable vibe.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Network Attends Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2012

Key representatives from across the Sotheby’s International Realty® network of real estate professionals attended the recent Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2012 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in China.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2012 were held October 5 to 9 and sold more than 3,100 lots for a total of more than $2 billion (HK), which is $260 million (USD).  For more information including records achieved, click here.

During the five day event, Sotheby’s International Realty® representatives talked to auction goers about their global real estate interests.

The companies in attendance included: Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International RealtyDecker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty, Milan Sotheby’s International Realty, Rome Sotheby’s International Realty, Burger Sotheby’s International Realty, Tiawan Sotheby’s International Realty, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

“This event provided a forum for our network to interact with each other, potential Asian buyers and Auction House executives and clientele,” said Philip White, president and chief operating officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Those who attended gained key insights into the Asian market and overseas buyers. We are proud to offer our network members the opportunity to take part in this important yearly sales event.”

Philip White, President & COO, discusses the Asian real estate market event attendees.

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