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Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso | 20th Century & Contemporary Art | October 2019

Dr. Charles Stuckey on Joan Miró's "Paysan catalan inquiet par le passage d'un vol d'oiseaux" and Pablo Picasso's "Femme assise dans un fauteuil".

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Press Release: 13 November 2019

Phillips' 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Realizes $40.2 Million,

Marking the Highest Day Sale Total in Company History And a 58% Increase from the Previous Year

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Press Release: 29 October 2019

Taking place on 13-14 November, Phillips’ New York auctions of 20th Century and Contemporary Art will encompass works by the past century’s leading artists, spanning a variety of collecting genres. 
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Press Release: 18 October 2019

On 14 November, Phillips will offer Norman Rockwell’s Before the Shot, marking the first time that a work by the iconic American illustrator will appear in an Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, as well as the first time that one of his paintings will be offered at Phillips. The work has never before been sold publicly, having remained in just two families’ collections since it was painted, the first of which was Rockwell’s own doctor and the model for the painting.

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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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