Bonhams launches Aboriginal art department - Art Collector

29 November 2010 | The London-based auction house Bonhams is driving for another stake of the Australian market, establishing a Sydney-based Aboriginal art department.

Tim Klingender, former director of Aboriginal art at Sotheby’s Australia has been appointed senior consultant and will advise on all aspects of operation.

Klingender says: "I'm thrilled to be working with Bonhams in establishing a world class Aboriginal Art department, which is set to become the only stand alone Aboriginal art department operated by an international auction house. Both Bonhams Chairman, Robert Brooks, and Australian CEO James Hendy are fully committed to establishing the new department at Bonhams, and have a long-term vision to re-establish Aboriginal Art as a fixture on the world fine art auction stage."

Two other former Sotheby’s Australia staff – Francesca Cavazzini and Greer Adams – have been appointed specialists in charge of the new Aboriginal art department.

Cavazzini has worked closely with Klingender for the past six years, graduating from administrator, to cataloguer and then assistant specialist. Adams was formerly an administrator and cataloguer, and has most recently been working as exhibition coordinator of the Mangkaja art centre in Fitzroy Crossing.

“As the department develops we hope to re-establish internationally touring exhibitions, and build on Tim Klingender's earlier work, of taking the best of Aboriginal art to the world," Cavazzini says.

The department is scheduled to have two sales each year in Sydney, during Autumn and Spring.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Greer Adams. Courtesy: Bonhams

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