Job Posting: Associate Cataloguer, Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Sotheby’s, NYC


  • Assisting with all aspects of research and preparation for the production of the Contemporary Art Evening Sale catalogue. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Conducting full book research for each work in our sale
    • Assisting with physical cataloguing and photography of works
    • Researching and writing catalogue notes for a large variety of works of different genres, periods, media, and price points
    • Full ownership over the process of copyright and reproduction permissions for comparable images used in our catalogue design
    • Proofreading and providing ad hoc support in the final stages of catalogue deadline
  • Liasing with internal support staff including administrators, registrars, art handlers, catalogue production, press, and marketing in assisting with the planning and execution of all logistical aspects of the evening sale
  • Contributing to the creation of selling points and proactive sale outreach activities in the weeks leading up to the auctions
  • During the exhibition and sale weeks, an associate cataloguer is expected to be an available resource for both New York-based and international colleagues, as well as a knowledgeable source of information on all aspects of the works in our sale
  • Assisting with proposals, both formal and in-house, in the months between sale seasons
  • Assisting with general department support, including answering phones
  • Maintenance and proactive upkeep of our department library


  • A background in Art History, with experience researching and writing on works of art. A demonstrated interest in Contemporary Art is preferred and encouraged
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize multiple highly important processes and responsibilities in a high-pressured environment and meet constant deadlines
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to establish close working relationships with a variety of people across the department and company
  • Ability to work collaboratively on large projects while being confident and comfortable taking initiative and working on one’s own
  • Excellent client service
  • Excellent team player
  • Proficient computer skills and ideally a strong knowledge of Sotheby’s systems, including CAT, the Client System, the Employee Portal, Webnative, Excel, Word, photo editing and storage
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Requires flexibility in work hours and availability to work late nights and full weekends during catalogue deadline

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