NEW YORK—Christie’s has announced that Jennifer Vorbach will return to the auction house as international director of postwar and contemporary art, based in Geneva, Switzerland, effective May 2. She will work closely with the New York-based codirectors of the international department, Amy Cappellazzo and Brett Gorvy.
Since 1993 Vorbach has been a director of C&M Arts, New York, where she specialized in postwar American artists, including Willem de Kooning, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol; she was named a partner in 1997. Earlier she had worked as an adviser to clients at Citibank’s Art Advisory service. Vorbach joined the Christie’s prints department in 1979 and became head of it in 1984. In 1988 she was named chief of the auction house’s contemporary art department.
Commenting on her new position, Vorbach told ARTnewsletter that while Geneva will be her main base, she also will be involved in putting sales together for London, Paris and New York. “Geneva is a wonderful place to operate,” she says. “There are a number of both established and developing collections there. I think I will be fortunate to have the best of both worlds,” in terms of the job’s international aspect. “I really enjoyed the auction business both when I was at Christie’s and Citibank,” she adds. “One of the biggest changes in the auction world is that the houses have become more interested in developing long-term client relationships.”