Currently the head of Jude Hess Fine Arts, Judith Hess has past experience as international director of business development in the Christie’s chairman’s office for Europe, Middle East, India, and Russia, and she also worked extensively on art collections in the Americas. Judith Hess was among the successful bidders at the November 11, 2015, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction, which featured 52 lots and had a sale total of nearly $295 million.
In the auction, described as strong by art dealers and collectors, Cy Twombly’s blackboard composition Untitled (New York City) received the highest winning bid of $70.5 million. This represented a high water mark for any work of art in 2015. Other noteworthy pieces auctioned included Andy Warhol’s Mao, which fetched $47 million.
Jude Hess successfully bid on two works, including Lucio Fontana’s 1965 water painting on canvas Concetto Spaziale, Attese. The blazing red, seven-foot-wide abstract canvas is punctuated by 24 knife tears across its span, and serves as a counterpoint to Michelangelo Antonioni’s landmark film of the same year, Red Desert. Ms. Hess also placed the winning $3.8 million bid on Cy Twombly’s 1970 oil and wax crayon on paper work Untitled, which is also a part of the artist’s blackboard series.