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    21 March 2023

    Phillips to Offer Property from the Collection of Rosa and Aaron Esman

    Works from 20th Century & Contemporary, Photographs, and Editions to be Sold in Upcoming New York Auctions

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    15 March 2023

    PhillipsX and Penske Projects to Host L.A. Woman

    A Multi-Generational Exhibition Exploring Los Angeles as a Source of Inspiration for Women Artists

    On View from 23 March – 20 April at Phillips’ West Hollywood Gallery

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    14 March 2023

    Phillips to Offer Yoshitomo Nara’s Lookin' for a Treasure as the Star Lot of the Inaugural Sale at its New Asia Headquarters

    On 30 March, Yoshitomo Nara’s seminal Lookin' for a Treasure, 1995, will be offered as a star lot of Phillips’ inaugural 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale at its new saleroom in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District.

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The 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department

The market for contemporary art has never been stronger and Phillips’s distinguished standing in the field is best represented by the 16 auctions we hold in the category annually. Three times a year in both New York and London, we conduct Evening Sales of contemporary art composed of the season’s finest work by the recognized masters of the second half of the 20th century. Works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons, among others, represent the wide range of artists’ works offered on the international market. Expertly presented and tightly curated, these auctions, comprised of blue chip paintings, drawings and sculptures, attract a deep international bidding pool eager to build and expand world class collections.

Phillips have also been instrumental in creating an audience and market for the work of today’s generation of artists. Our ability to properly situate property in the secondary market executed by mid-career artists and emerging talent is unmatched. By identifying the best pieces, utilizing attractive estimates, and strategically placing each work within the larger context of our sales, we often inspire bidding at prices far above the primary market levels. We have realized break-out results for many mid-career artists, including Urs Fischer, David Hammons, Kelley Walker, Wade Guyton and Beatriz Milhazes across our Evening Sale, Day Sale, and New Now auctions.

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