Buying Contemporary & Modern Prints at Auction
Blockbuster headlines might skew your impression of who buys art at auctions, but you don't need to be a millionaire to build a great collection. Much of the art offered at auction is more accessible that you think. From Richard Serra to Keith Haring, buying original prints and editions are an affordable way to give your collection art-historical value and blue-chip cache.
In this salon, directors Kelly Troester and Cary Leibowitz, who specialize in contemporary and modern editions, will walk you through Phillips's upcoming Editions sale, offering an insider's take on what to look for, what to watch out for, and how much to spend.
For the new collector, it will provide an understanding of what gives editioned works their value -- knowing when a Basquiat is a better buy than a Bacon. For the more seasoned collector, it will be an opportunity to learn from the experts about being a savvy buyer and developing an eye for spotting blue-chip gems.
A renowned expert in the field of contemporary printmaking and multiples, Cary specializes in Pop Art and contemporary works produced in editions. Cary is a passionate collector and an artist himself whose collection, artwork and expertise have been cited in Art + Auction, Art on Paper, Sunday New York Times Design magazine, World of Interiors and Casa de Arbitare. He is a regular speaker on the subject of collecting and contemporary editions for museum and gallery groups. In 2008, Cary helped establish the Editions department at Phillips, where he and Kelly specialize in contemporary and modern prints and multiples.
Kelly began her career in 1988 at Butterfield & Butterfield in Los Angeles where she became a print specialist and head of the department by the mid-1990s. She was a member of the Graphic Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and served on the board of the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at The Hammer Museum. In 1998, Kelly moved to New York City to take a position as a senior specialist in the Print department at Christie’s and became the head of the department in 2001. In 2008, Kelly helped establish the Editions department at Phillips, where she and Cary specialize in contemporary and modern prints and multiples.
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Phillips is the only international auction house to concentrate exclusively on modern and contemporary art and design, and is further dedicated to bringing cutting edge and emerging art to the auction market. Phillips conducts auctions in New York and London and has representative offices throughout Europe and the United States. Phillips.com