The New York sales will follow the usual mid-season New York contemporary auctions—Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated, Christie’s Post-War to Present, and Phillip’s New Now sales—all of which are slated for early March. This is just one of the logistical challenges that the location change may pose for Sotheby’s, which has led the Asian art market for the last four years. In addition to managing updated travel and handling requirements, specialists will now have to focus sales strategies on potential American buyers.
The relocation is the latest in a series of art world disruptions caused by the spread of coronavirus, including top auction houses postponing the New York Spring Asia Week sales until June, museums in mainland China and Hong Kong closing
, the 2020 edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing being postponed
, and the cancellation
of Art Basel in Hong Kong and Art Central’s 2020 editions.