PARIS – Christie’s has announced that Alexis Maggiar has joined the auction house as International Director of the Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Having started his career in 2001 with Alain de Monbrison and subsequently Calmels Cohen Auctioneers at the Hotel Drouot, Maggiar joined a competing international auction house in 2007 where he advanced to become European director of the African and Oceania Arts Department in 2017.Maggiar will report to Cécile Verdier, president of Christie’s France, who will oversee this international department for which Paris remains the historic auction capital.
“For more than a decade, Maggiar has contributed to significant discoveries in the field, setting numerous auction records and participating in the success of collector’s sales in his category in both Paris and New York. The results obtained in this field salute the strength of his expertise and his aesthetic sense,” noted Verdier. “Fascinated by the dialogue between arts and cultures, his commitment has largely favored the recognition of this category at the top of the art market.”
The African and Oceanic Arts sales held two to three times a year at Christie’s are now a must-attend event. Maggiar will, therefore, have the essential role of leading the global strategy and developing this category in France and Europe but also in the United States. He will work closely with Victor Teodorescu, in charge of sales in Paris, Rémy Magusteiro junior specialist and the entire international team, according to Christie’s.
The next sale of African, Oceanic and American Art will take place on Dec. 3 in Paris.