Phillips to expand publishing auction schedule amid growing international demand

David Hockney | Pool made with paper and blue ink for book | Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000
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Phillips to extend publishing auction schedule Amid growing international demand

Seven live sales will be held each year in New York and London

March auction in New York to feature works by David Hockney, KAWS,

Kehinde Wiley, Cindy Sherman, Julian Opie, Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst and more

NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 9, 2022 – Phillips is proud to announce an expanded auction schedule for Editions Auctions, following a banner year in 2021. This year, three additional live auctions have been added to the schedule for a total of seven auctions in direct through New York and London. The newly scheduled first auction on March 11 is the company’s first New York Editions sale of the year and will feature a diverse selection of over 100 contemporary lots, including editions by David Hockney, KAWS, Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool and Kehinde Wiley with 20% of the sale consisting of works on paper by Kara Walker, Thomas Nozkowski, Larry Zox, Marcel Dzama, William Pope L., Purvis Young, Nicolas Krushenick and many more. An exhibit will be open to the public March 4-11 ahead of the sale at 432 Park Avenue, alongside the New Now sale. New York’s spring season continues with a blockbuster April auction taking place April 19-20 at 432 Park Avenue and June 25, broadcast live from Southampton, with bidding available in-person and online.

Kelly Troester and Cary Leibowitz, Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Publishing, said, “2021 was a historic year for the publishing market as we achieved our highest annual total ever. The momentum continued into this year with a White Glove Evening Sale in London. Expanding our annual live auction calendar allows us to meet the ever-increasing demand from our collectors around the world for rare 20th century and contemporary prints and multiples. We look forward to presenting these additional live auctions, which will offer a breadth and depth of material rarely seen in the marketplace.

KAWS | What a Party (set of seven) | Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000
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Leading the sale is an iconic lithograph by David Hockney, Swimming pool made with paper and blue ink for the book. Swimming pools became a staple of Hockney’s work early in his career. Flying to Los Angeles for the first time in 1963, Hockney looked out the plane’s window and was immediately captivated by the striking blue of the countless swimming pools dotted around the city below. Pool made with book paper and blue ink was created to accompany a publication on the paper pools series, emphasizing the interconnected nature of Hockney’s swimming pool imagery, despite the varied media he used.

KAWS’ What a party set of seven lithographs made in 2020 revisits the emblematic character of KAWS, Bidendum, The Michelan Man. These intimate Bidendum portraits feature the character with an older expression in seven different bold colorways. What a party is also the name of KAWS’ well-attended mega retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum.

A significant body of works by Cindy Sherman will also be on display. Covering the years 1970 to 2000, this selection of all Untitled Cindy Sherman’s photographs feature the artist as some of her most recognizable characters. Untitled, 1975 is from a series of portraits made by Sherman to show the process of transformation from one character to another. “At that time, I was just interested in using makeup on a face like paint used on a blank canvas. I was experimenting with several types of characters, that is, starting with an elderly person who then gradually became a drag queen.

Cindy Sherman | Untitled | Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000
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Additionally, the March auction brings together fine examples of state-of-the-art printed abstraction and works on paper by renowned artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Leon Polk Smith, Larry Zox, Nicholas Krushenick, Robert Mangold and Frank Stella. All made in the 1960s and 1970s, this sampling of images, all sharing a common formal language, sheds light on this flagship genre of post-war America.

Other highlights include edits by Francis Bacon, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Peter Saul, Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley and many more.

Auction: March 11, 2021

Consulting the auctions: March 4-10

Location: 432 Park Avenue, New York

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Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th century and contemporary art, design, photography, editions, watches and jewelry, Phillips offers professional service and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions take place in auction houses in New York, London, Geneva and Hong Kong, while customers are additionally served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world. In addition to offering opportunities to sell and buy through auctions, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, appraisals, and other financial services.

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; the prices obtained include the auction price plus the buying commission.


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