The 43 art handlers locked-out of Sotheby's over a labor dispute since August 1 have been more than picketing the New York headquarters of the auction house. Several spoke up to MetroFocus about the challenges they face being out of work, and how their expertise is invaluable when handling high-end artworks.
They also opened up about what they love about their jobs. Said Sims Jones, 65, who has worked 40 years as an art handler, "The first paintings I fell in love with were Guy Wiggins’ snow scenes, but that’s just because I’m a city kid. I love what he does with his paint. He brings out the light, and you really get a feel for New York City."