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Critics Sign Letter Opposing Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

December 12th, 2017

Donald Trump, via Art NewspaperA group of over 100 artists, writers and critics have signed an open letter condemning Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We reject Trump’s collusion with such racist manipulation and his disregard for international law,” the letter reads. “We deplore his readiness to crown the Israeli military conquest of East Jerusalem and his indifference to Palestinian rights.”
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Spanish Law Enforcement Seizes Works in Catalonian Museum

December 12th, 2017

Spanish demonstrators protest outside of the Lleida Museum, via Art NewspaperSpanish law enforcement has seized a selection of paintings and artifacts  from the Lleida Museum in Catalonia this week, continuing fierce tensions in the region over Catalonia’s attempted independence from Spain. “Aragonese authorities have a great interest in recovering pieces in Catalan museums, but have no desire to recover other objects from Sijena that are, for instance, in the Prado in Madrid,” says Santi Vila, Catalonia’s former cultural minister. “Why? For political reasons.”
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WSJ Reports Buyer of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ as Saudi Crown Prince

December 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sA conflicting report in the Wall Street Journal notes that the buyer of the da Vinci piece last month at Christie’s is actually Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, noting that another prince served as a proxy buyer for the work.  The news comes as the Louvre Abu Dhabi has claimed that it will be showing the piece in its museum.
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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 $.