Photo via: AnimalNY
A super big thanks to everyone who’s signed their name on the Sotheby’s Art Handler petition so far. We had a really great turn out yesterday, with the petition garnering more than 1,000 names in a day. We’re also thankful to many of the publications who helped get the word out. e-flux, Hyperallergic, ArtInfo, AnimalNY and so many others did a great job of spreading the word.
Also, a nod to Jerry Saltz, for mentioning Sotheby’s deplorable art handler lockout on CBS this morning. The news segment was on Sotheby’s sale of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, which many believe could fetch as much as 200 million this evening.
Given the spot light Sotheby’s has right now, it’s especially important that we keep the pressure up. If you haven’t signed the petition, do that today. If you have signed the petition but haven’t shared it with your friends, do that today. If you have signed the petition and have shared it with your friends, well, good job. Now, who has a connection with Edvard Munch’s estate/the City of Oslo? We need their signature!
Meanwhile, the petition has garnered a number of big names over the past day. Those include:
Fred Tomaselli, artist
Andy Stillpass, collector
Tony Fitzpatrick, artist
Christian Viveros-Faune, critic
R.H. Quaytman, artist
Jennifer McCoy, artist
Amy Rosenblum, artist
Kate Harding, artist
A.K. Burns, artist
A.L. Steiner, artist
James Welling, artist
Eileen Quinlan, artist
Joanna Warsza and Artur Zmijewski, Berlin Biennial Curators
Sotheby’s should take heed; this is not the kind of PR they want heading into their larger auctions this week and next. They should resolve this dispute now and save themselves some money.