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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Richard Phillips

b. 1962
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Max Hetzler, Berlin

Education includes:

Massachusetts College of Art BFA, Boston
Yale MFA, New Haven, CT

Phillips, an American painter, is best known for his hyper-realistic portraits of politicians and other pop icons. His style recalls the pictorial tendencies of the mid-twentieth century and fuses traditions of Pop Art with classical oil painting.

Many of his works are paintings of woman, inspired by photos taken from fashion and porn magazines of the 1960s and 70s. Pieces like his 2004 Bukkake offer a more modern and raw portrayal of pornography. Works like Spokesperson and Deepak Chopra, both created from official election posters and advertisements, are examples of his more politically-oriented work.

Other famous pieces include 2004’s $.