BOSTON — Skinner Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, has announced the appointment of Robin Starr as director pro tem to lead Skinner’s American and European Paintings and Prints department. Skinner’s May 15 sale, to be held in Boston, will feature one of the auction house’s most impressive offerings to date with works from Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Salvador Dali.
With Starr on board to head one of Skinner’s most important specialty departments, a move toward acquiring more notable works is under way. As such, Skinner is also announcing a shift from quarterly fine paintings sales, to three per year. Skinner’s strategy is to offer the highest caliber works in its American and European Paintings and Prints auctions, and mid-range works of art in its European Furniture and Decorate Arts, 20th century and Americana auctions. Skinner also plans to revive its Studio Paintings auctions in its new Marlborough gallery, and has scheduled its first Studio sale for July.
Starr joined Skinner’s European and American Paintings department in September of 1987. Starr’s responsibilities now include overseeing a staff of specialists who appraise and catalog prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for clients including arts and cultural institutions, estates, major collectors, and private individuals. She will also continue to act as auctioneer.
According to Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner Inc., “We’re very pleased to announce Robin as director pro tem of the paintings department. Robin brings a renewed perspective in this leadership role, but has legacy experience of 20-plus years to leverage.”
Starr has lectured in art history at various colleges throughout New England.