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: 22 February 2017

    On 18 April in New York, Phillips will host an auction comprised of over 100 etchings and aquatints from the collection of master printer and engraver Piero Crommelynck. While most frequently remembered as Picasso’s favorite printer of his late intaglios, or the “Prince of the printers,” as film director Jean-Michel Meurice would call him, in his over forty-year career, Piero famously worked alongside his brother Aldo to bring to life graphic works of art. They developed technical processes for numerous artists who have come to define the visual culture of the 20th century – from modernist peintre-graveur Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Le Corbusier to post-war David Hockney, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns and Richard Hamilton, all included in this sale.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 16 February 2017

    This March, Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale includes paintings by Josef Albers, Frank Auerbach, Wade Guyton and Christopher Wool; important artworks by Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama; and pieces by renowned Italian Futurists Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 13 February 2017

    Phillips is pleased to announce the New Now sale on 28 February, the company’s first New York auction of 2017, which will juxtapose works by emerging artists alongside more established 20th century artists, drawing intriguing parallels between the art of today and the past. Included in the nearly 200 lots are works by Tauba Auerbach, Jiro Takamatsu, Mike Kelley, Yayoi Kusama, and Rob Pruitt.

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News & Results

  • PRESS RELEASE: 22 February 2017

    On 18 April in New York, Phillips will host an auction comprised of over 100 etchings and aquatints from the collection of master printer and engraver Piero Crommelynck. While most frequently remembered as Picasso’s favorite printer of his late intaglios, or the “Prince of the printers,” as film director Jean-Michel Meurice would call him, in his over forty-year career, Piero famously worked alongside his brother Aldo to bring to life graphic works of art. They developed technical processes for numerous artists who have come to define the visual culture of the 20th century – from modernist peintre-graveur Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Le Corbusier to post-war David Hockney, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns and Richard Hamilton, all included in this sale.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 16 February 2017

    This March, Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale includes paintings by Josef Albers, Frank Auerbach, Wade Guyton and Christopher Wool; important artworks by Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama; and pieces by renowned Italian Futurists Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini.

    Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: 13 February 2017

    Phillips is pleased to announce the New Now sale on 28 February, the company’s first New York auction of 2017, which will juxtapose works by emerging artists alongside more established 20th century artists, drawing intriguing parallels between the art of today and the past. Included in the nearly 200 lots are works by Tauba Auerbach, Jiro Takamatsu, Mike Kelley, Yayoi Kusama, and Rob Pruitt.

    Read more

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