20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART

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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News & Results

  • PRESS RELEASE: 06 January 2017

    Phillips is pleased to present Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild, which focuses on the artist’s ongoing exploration of abstraction, a fascination of his since the early 1960s. Spanning over 40 years, the exhibition will be on view at Phillips’ 450 Park Avenue headquarters from 7 January – 9 February 2017 and includes a number of iconic, large-scale “squeegee” paintings, two monumental tapestries, one 16-part editioned work, and a rare self-portrait from 1971. Comprised of works available for sale and loans, Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild will highlight Richter’s monumental achievements, and innovation, in the realm of abstraction.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 03 January 2017

    Phillips Names Vivian Pfeiffer as Head of Business Development and Deputy Chairman, the Americas.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 08 December 2016

    Phillips' New Now Sale totals £2,392,500 / $3,014,550 / €2,799,225, selling 93% by value.

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design | Hong Kong | November 2016

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News & Results

  • PRESS RELEASE: 06 January 2017

    Phillips is pleased to present Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild, which focuses on the artist’s ongoing exploration of abstraction, a fascination of his since the early 1960s. Spanning over 40 years, the exhibition will be on view at Phillips’ 450 Park Avenue headquarters from 7 January – 9 February 2017 and includes a number of iconic, large-scale “squeegee” paintings, two monumental tapestries, one 16-part editioned work, and a rare self-portrait from 1971. Comprised of works available for sale and loans, Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild will highlight Richter’s monumental achievements, and innovation, in the realm of abstraction.

    Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: 03 January 2017

    Phillips Names Vivian Pfeiffer as Head of Business Development and Deputy Chairman, the Americas.

    Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: 08 December 2016

    Phillips' New Now Sale totals £2,392,500 / $3,014,550 / €2,799,225, selling 93% by value.

    Read more

More Press Releases >

Recent Videos

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design | Hong Kong | November 2016

Join us in Hong Kong for our inaugural 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale! Our fi…

More Videos >