“Prominent Indigenous Art Dealer Found Dead in Sydney Harbour, Second Man Still Missing”

By | July 21, 2023

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The art community in Australia is mourning the loss of a prominent figure, Tim Klingender, whose body was found in Sydney Harbour. The 59-year-old Indigenous art dealer was discovered near Watson’s Bay after reports of boat debris floating in the water. Sadly, a second man, aged 51, who was believed to be on the boat, remains missing.

Tributes have poured in for Klingender, with gallery owner and art dealer Michael Reid taking to Facebook to express his profound sadness. He described Klingender as a man with immense ability, warmth, and presence, who had made an indelible mark on the Australian art-world. Reid also highlighted Klingender’s expertise in the fine and decorative arts, noting that he was not only an important art dealer but also an interior stylist.

Klingender’s career in the art industry was extensive. He trained at the University of Melbourne, studied fine art, and worked for global corporation Sotheby’s for 20 years. During his time at Sotheby’s, he served as an International Director and founded the company’s Aboriginal Art Department in 1996. Klingender played a crucial role in establishing an ethical international market for Australian Indigenous art, organizing Aboriginal Art auctions in London and New York.

In 2009, Klingender founded Tim Klingender Fine Art, which showcased both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artists. The gallery participated in prestigious events such as the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, representing artists from the secondary market. Klingender’s dedication to promoting Australian Indigenous art was evident, and his contributions to the field will be sorely missed.

As the investigation into Klingender’s death and the disappearance of the second man continues, marine rescue teams are diligently searching for any leads. Police are urging anyone with information or footage related to the incident to come forward.

The art community has lost a remarkable individual, and Klingender’s funeral is expected to be a significant gathering of friends and acquaintances from all walks of life. His legacy will live on through his contributions to Australian Indigenous art and his impact on the art-world..

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