Robert Pattinson curated an art exhibition, the art community was not amused
Robert Pattinson has now taken on the role of art curator while collaborating with Sotheby’s on an exhibition for the Contemporary Curated programme, he reports Artnet.
Since 2013, the auction house has hired celebrity guest curators to help organize special sales, including grime musician Skepta, designer Margherita Missoni, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and DJ Steve Aoki.
Pattinson chose six works by artists including Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. According to Artnet, the estimated values for the works range from $100,000 to $2.5 million. Pattinson, who is described by others as a “passionate art collector”. page six Source, had previously auctioned off one of his own sketches for charity in 2017.
However, not everyone is enthusiastic about this exhibition. The news was not well received by art enthusiasts and supporters. On the official Sotheby’s Instagram post, many wrote their thoughts on Pattinson’s curatorial debut.
One person commented: “Hmm… how about art teachers? Or working artists?”
Another said: “When you’re a star, they let you do everything. You can do everything.”
Meanwhile, an art insider told page six that even Sotheby’s is unlikely to buy its own shtick. “[Pattinson] maybe pick a few [of pieces] off – but that’s about it. No major auction house will trust a non-art specialist to put together an auction,” they said.
However, some users spoke out for the Twilight star: “We need more ‘visible’ people (aka celebs or whatever you want to call them) who are committed to the arts and create intrigue and interest in young people, Viewing art as such is an important means of expression…especially with the looming increase in mental health issues, an escape route and alternative expression is becoming increasingly important…” one user wrote.
Despite the scathing comments from the art community, the publication also noted that Katie Holmes was one of over 15,000 people who actually liked the post.
When page six Asked Sotheby’s about the unenthusiastic response, a representative said: “Fostering new perspectives by collaborating with guest curators is nothing new and we look forward to welcoming you to our exhibition.”
Another source said that the whole point of portraying Pattinson “is that they are people from the art world or cultural figures, [Sotheby’s staff] find them interesting and are collectors. You don’t pretend.”
The reason Pattinson was chosen for this role was because he is a passionate art collector rather than a seasoned curator.
The exhibition curated by the Batman star is currently running September 23-29 at Sotheby’s New York. A live auction will conclude the exhibition on September 30th.