20th Century Paintings & Sculpture. By Appointment
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Tobias Meyer is a private art dealer specializing in modern and contemporary masterworks.
In October 2017, The New York Times announced that Meyer has also been named sole representative of and advisor to the family of the late publishing magnate S.I. Newhouse Jr. on all matters relating to their legendary art collection. Newhouse is widely considered to have been one of the most significant connoisseur collectors of the 20th century.
Profiled by The Evening Standard as the "Seller of the Century" and The New Yorker magazine as "The Alchemist," Meyer is known for his depth of knowledge, command of the histories of both art and the art market, and a clientele spanning the globe. He has been described by the media as "a tastemaker, whose personal style and mode of living are an index to, and catalyst for, certain shifts that have taken place in the art world."
Meyer began his career at Christie's London in 1989. In 1992, at the age of 29, he became the first expert hired by Sotheby's to head its European Contemporary Art department. Meyer started to hold Contemporary Art Evening Sales in London in 1994; in 1997 he was promoted to worldwide head of contemporary art in New York. His first Evening Sale in New York City attracted enormous attention, in part for Meyer's prescient inclusion of such younger artists as Matthew Barney and Robert Gober, who are today among the most celebrated artists of their generation. The sale resulted in world record prices. Since then, Meyer has routinely achieved further world record prices for a spate of landmark works, including Andy Warhol's "Orange Marilyn," sold in 1998 for $17 million, and Mark Rothko's "White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)," a work from the David Rockefeller Collection that achieved a price of $72 million in 2007.
Meyer's last sale at Sotheby's included Warhol's 1963 "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)," which sold for $104,500,000 – still the world record price for the artist to date. In an interview the previous year, Meyer explained a central principle of his approach to selling art: What I love to do is put people in front of art and make them feel it, make them stop everything else they're doing and experience it deeply.
In November 2013, Meyer left his position at Sotheby's to begin the next phase of his career as a global private art dealer. From his office in the Seagram Building in Manhattan, he continues to set records for postwar American art.
Together with his husband, art advisor Mark Fletcher, Meyer resides in New York and Connecticut, and holds a personal collection that combines works by Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, and Picasso, with 18th-century French furniture, Baroque bronzes, and silver.
In 2016, Meyer became a member of the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Meyer and Fletcher are dedicated supporters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York; and the Art Production Fund, New York.