Bonhams Appoints new Management Team

Edward Wilkinson, Executive Director Asia; Ingrid Dudek, Head of Contemporary Art, Asia

Edward, Wilkinson Executive Director Asia; Ingrid Dudek Head of Contemporary Art, Asia

Global action house Bonhams has appointed a new Executive Director, Asia and a new Head of Modern & Contemporary Art, Asia. The moves come shortly after the former deputy chairman in Asia was sacked.

Edward Wilkinson, currently Bonhams’ director of South Asian, Indian and Himalayan Art based in the U.S., will take up his new post as Executive Director on June 1 and will work from Bonhams Hong Kong headquarters at One Pacific Place, Queensway, Admiralty.

Ingrid Dudek’s appointment as Head of Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia, takes place with immediate effect.

Wilkinson established Bonhams’ Indian and Himalayan Southeast Asian Art Department in 2011. Under his leadership, the department has grown to become a market leader establishing world records across the field. Australian by birth, Wilkinson has worked in the auction business in Sydney, London, and the United States for the past 30 years and has detailed knowledge of the art markets in Asia and beyond.

«Edward’s track record in Asian art speaks for itself and I am confident he is the right person to take Bonhams Hong Kong onto the next phase in its development,» said Matthew Girling, Bonhams Global CEO.

Moving Quickly

Dudek joined Bonhams this year and has been working closely with the Modern and Contemporary Art team in Asia. Her remit as Director of Contemporary Art, Asia, and Head of Department is to build the consignment and buyer base in the West for the Hong Kong sales of Modern & Contemporary Art, as well as to develop a strategy for contemporary art to be sold in Asia.

The management changes come just one week after finews.asia reported on the sudden dismissal of the highly regarded deputy chairman of Bonhams Asia, Magnus Renfrew.

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