After ten years at Christie’s, Francis Outred has resigned as the auction house’s head of postwar art. In an Art Newspaper report, Outred said that he “resigned this summer but was asked to stay on until after the New York sales.”
In a statement, Guillaume Cerutti, CEO of Christie’s, said, “On behalf of everyone at Christie’s, I would like to thank Francis for his outstanding commitment and contribution. His work has been characterized by creativity, relevance and audacity. He leaves Christie’s as leaders in the postwar and contemporary field in Europe with a strong and diverse group in place to continue to serve clients building on recent success and innovations.”
Outred first joined the staff of Christie’s in 2009 and was promoted in 2014 to be the postwar department’s head. According to the auction house’s release announcing the news, he presided over five of the six highest-grossing postwar sales in Europe. In 2013, he was responsible for the consignment of Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), which sold for $142.4 million, an auction record at the time for an artwork made after World War II.
A release announcing Outred’s departure did not name his successor or specify where he would work next.