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Sotheby’s Announces $2.5 billion in Revenue for First Half of 2020

August 3rd, 2020

Sotheby’s announced earnings for the first half of 2020 at $2.5 billion with sales volume for the year down 25%, but impressive gains shown in online sales. “The art and luxury markets have proven to be incredibly resilient, and demand for quality across categories is unabated.” says CEO Charles Stewart.
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Yayoi Kusama’s Gropius Bau Retrospective Postponed Until 2021

August 3rd, 2020

Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective at the Gropius Bau in Berlin has been postponed until 2021.  “To Covid-19 that stands in our way/I say Disappear from this earth/We shall fight/We shall fight this terrible monster,” the artist said earlier this year in a statement on the current challenges caused by the virus.
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Protests Begin in Norway as Picasso Mural is Removed from Damaged Building

July 29th, 2020

Protests have begun in Norway, as the government begins tearing down a massive Picasso mural damaged in the 2011 terrorist attack in Oslo. “There is a grieving process that this is happening,”  “At the same time, the spirit that many displayed to campaign to protect the building has been very positive. People have woken up to the value of this art.”
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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 $.