At Christie´s Warehouse with Bojana Popović

28 September 2020

At Christie´s Warehouse with Bojana Popović

Since I can remember I have loved exploring museums and galleries, especially during my travels, and this inevitably nurtured my passion for art. However, being just a visitor wasn´t enough for me and after my studies I sought to gain experience in the fast-paced private art sector.

Working at Christie´s has given me a unique opportunity to see a broad range of quality artworks first-hand. There is something truly awe-inspiring about seeing a masterpiece for the first time in the warehouse after it has been hidden away for decades in a private collection.

As a specialist in Post-War & Contemporary Art I inspected the condition of the artwork as soon as it arrived and took cataloguing notes, such as measurements, medium and so on. Often the inscriptions and labels on the reverse of a canvas offer a useful indication of the provenance of a work. It points us in the right direction to continue the search through specific museum exhibition catalogues or gallery publications.

Once the work had been researched, we compiled a list of queries. For example, are there missing steps in the provenance? It was then that we reached out to the artist foundations, studios or the representing gallery for each artist, an excellent way for us to ensure that our cataloguing is correct, precise and that no stone has been left unturned.

Through archive installation images and studio shots showing the work in process, as well as our essays and illustrations, we tried to convey the historic importance of the work as well as the position of the artist within the Post-War and Contemporary art category. If a work was exhibited at a major museum retrospective for example, this would certainly add to its historic value and contextualise the piece within the artist’s oeuvre.

Bojana Popović, independent art advisor and EDUART EXPERIENCE specialist on Post-War & Contemporary Art

Bojana Popović studied History of Art for her BA and later pursued Curating as a master’s at The Courtauld Institute of Art. After gaining valuable experience at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries, she worked as a Collections Manager for a distinguished private art gallery in Zurich. Popović then went on to spend four and a half year at Christie´s London as a specialist in in Post-War & Contemporary Art. Popović is now providing her academic expertise to clients by working on freelance projects for those who wish to learn more about contemporary art either through lectures or direct consulting.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night), 1984
acrylic, silkscreen, oil stick and paper collage on canvas
77 x 88in. (195.6 x 223.5cm.)
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Sabado por la Noche (Sobotní noc), 1984