Sotheby’s has promoted Simon Shaw to vice chairman of its global fine art division. For the past four years, Shaw has been worldwide co-head of Impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s. This year, he notably sold Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917 painting Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), which went for a record-setting $157.2 million. He also presided over the sale of Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream in 2012.
The news of his promotion came today as part of a larger announcement about various additions and new positions in Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art department.
August Uribe, who has worked with Sotheby’s since 1991, who will now serve as the department’s head in New York. He will be joined by Julian Dawes and Scott Niichel, who will serve as the co-deputy heads of Impressionist and modern art.
Additionally, the auction house has created two new positions. Lucian Simmons will join as senior specialist (he will also continue in his role as vice chairman, worldwide head of restitution), and Yin Zhao will be the department’s vice president, specialist and Asia business development for the global fine art division.