It seems that Robert Pattinson is no more convincing as an honesty than as a vampire.
Sotheby’s has selected the “Twilight” actor as the latest celebrity to sponsor an auction exhibit as part of a program called “Contemporary Curated.”
Like Marina Abramovich, he went to the bachelor party.
After in-house art website Artnet announced on its Instagram account that Pattinson – or ‘Art Patz’ as we now like to think of it – had been tapped by the auction house, genres of the art industry across the country were flooded with captivating responses, with a distinct Read Commentary , “This should make the actual curators feel appreciated.”
Someone even quoted former President Donald Trump’s infamous speech. “When you’re a star, they let you do anything. You can do anything,” they wrote.
Another said, “Hmmm… What about asking art teachers? Or working artists?”
Meanwhile, an art insider told Page Six that it’s unlikely that even Sotheby’s would buy its own powerhouse.
“[Pattinson] Maybe choose a couple [of pieces] Outside – but that’s all there is to it. They said that no major auction house would trust a non-technical specialist to perform an auction together.
“They’ve done this before. It basically means that they put a famous name on something that a specialist collects,” they said suspiciously of the name of the bold face sitting on the “hosting committee of an event – they really don’t do anything!”
The show saw Oprah Winfrey, Steve Aoki, and Margherita Missoni put shows together in the past, According to Artnet.
The Batman exhibition runs for a week from September 23-29 at Sotheby’s New York. A live auction will take place on the 30th. Pattinson has selected six lots including works by Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra and Lynette Yadom Bouake.
“Coordinating this collection of paintings has been a truly exciting and an honor for me,” Pattinson said in a press release.
He added, “Acting has made me realize that there is an interconnectedness between all forms of art, and has made the process of organizing a sale a wonderful and enjoyable experience for me.”
He said of the organizing process, “What I look for is when the piece has its own language.”
He added, “It doesn’t necessarily seem that it exists just for the sake of it and has a presence that is a little life-like. It has the ability to connect with you on a primal level.”
When asked Sotheby’s about the unenthusiastic response, one rep told us, “Encouraging new perspectives by working with guest curators is nothing new, and we look forward to welcoming you to our showroom opening this weekend at 1334 York Street.”
Meanwhile, a source familiar with the series told us that the auction house chose Pattinson, in part, because he’s an avid art collector rather than an experienced curator.
“The entire series is designed for an outsider to sponsor this… The specialist works with the cultural figure to ask them about their favorite works, and they come out and release the work for sale,” they said.
In fact, the bottom line, they said, “are people who are not world art or cultural figures, [Sotheby’s staff] I think it’s interesting and a collector.”
They added, “They don’t pretend.”
Despite barbs from the art community, we noticed that Katie Holmes was one of nearly 10,000 people who actually liked the post.