The leading auction house for art, design, watches and more Phillips will officially open its new Manhattan location at 432 Park Avenue in June 2021. The state-of-the-art galleries and saleroom have been designed by studioMDA’s Markus Dochantschi. The 35,000 square foot space will include the grand auction room, exhibition galleries, viewing rooms and a VIP mezzanine. Phillips will open in June with the exhibition of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, leading up to the auctions on June 23-24.
studioMDA’s design visually connects to the public via the Park Avenue Cube – a white-glass modernist structure on the northwest corner of 56th Street and Park Avenue. Phillips will be the only auction room in Manhattan that is visible from the street, encouraging all collectors and enthusiasts to visit when it is safe to do so. The gallery and saleroom will be outfitted with an HVAC system to provide air purification and a high fresh-air turnover rate. Visitor density and fever scanners will be installed to ensure the safety of the community. Collectors around the globe will have a chance to visit the auction house through virtual exhibit walkthroughs, digital media walls and kiosks, and 4k video broadcasting of the auctions.
The company has also announced the full live auction calendar for Spring 2021, along with highlights from the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sales in New York. Among highlights from the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale to be debuted at the new location is Amy Sherald’s It made sense…mostly in her mind.
It will also feature works by contemporary, post-war, and modern artists alike. The Morning Session will include important post-war works by Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella, as well as exceptional examples of French and British Modern sculpture. The Afternoon Session will offer a selection of cutting-edge contemporary works by Matthew Wong, Vaughn Spann, Emily Mae Smith, and more.
Also included in the auction will be Vija Celmins’ Untitled (Ocean), 1987-88, the second painting of the artist’s iconic ocean surfaces to ever come to auction, Carmen Herrera’s seminal painting, Green and Orange, 1954, and Brice Marden’s Elements III, 1983.
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