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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  • PRESS RELEASE: 25 September 2018

    On 15 November, Phillips will offer Joan Miró’s Femme dans la nuit among the star lots of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale. Painted in 1945, the work is an important example of Miró’s output created during the Second World War and was included in the important 1962 retrospective of the artist’s work at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. The painting was originally acquired from the artist by Miró’s most important art dealer in the United States, Pierre Matisse, very shortly after his much acclaimed show of the Constellations. Estimated at $12-18 million, Femme dans la nuit will be unveiled at Phillips Berkeley Square on 28 September, prior to being offered for sale in New York in November.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 24 September 2018

    This year’s final Editions sale at Phillips will take place on Wednesday, 17 October, in New York. Featuring over 400 lots in total, the auction will consist of an Evening Session at 6pm, offering 118 works of art, and Day Sessions at 10am and 2pm, featuring a total of 287 works. Included in the auction are editioned prints and multiples by modern and contemporary masters such as Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly. Additionally, the auction features over 30 complete printmaking sets by artists such as Jonas Wood, John Chamberlain, Keith Haring, KAWS, Josef Albers and Robert Ryman, allowing collectors to immerse themselves in artists’ masterwork with the medium.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 21 September 2018

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 25 September 2018

    On 15 November, Phillips will offer Joan Miró’s Femme dans la nuit among the star lots of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale. Painted in 1945, the work is an important example of Miró’s output created during the Second World War and was included in the important 1962 retrospective of the artist’s work at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. The painting was originally acquired from the artist by Miró’s most important art dealer in the United States, Pierre Matisse, very shortly after his much acclaimed show of the Constellations. Estimated at $12-18 million, Femme dans la nuit will be unveiled at Phillips Berkeley Square on 28 September, prior to being offered for sale in New York in November.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 24 September 2018

    This year’s final Editions sale at Phillips will take place on Wednesday, 17 October, in New York. Featuring over 400 lots in total, the auction will consist of an Evening Session at 6pm, offering 118 works of art, and Day Sessions at 10am and 2pm, featuring a total of 287 works. Included in the auction are editioned prints and multiples by modern and contemporary masters such as Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly. Additionally, the auction features over 30 complete printmaking sets by artists such as Jonas Wood, John Chamberlain, Keith Haring, KAWS, Josef Albers and Robert Ryman, allowing collectors to immerse themselves in artists’ masterwork with the medium.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 21 September 2018

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