Phillips Announces Highlights from the New York Sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 17th – 18th November

Phillips is pleased to announce further highlights from the Evening and Day Sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art. Comprised of some of the finest work by masters of Impressionism, Post-War, and Contemporary Art, these auctions will include works by Francis Bacon, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre Bonnard, Joan Mitchell, and Amy Sherald, among others. The Evening Sale will include 48 lots and take place on 17 November at 7pm EST, followed by the Day Sale of 277 lots on 18 November at 10am and 2pm EST.   

Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley, Deputy Chairmen and Worldwide Co-Heads of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome our community back into the auction room for the first Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art to feature in-person bidding at our new headquarters. Following on the heels of our extraordinary sales in London, we are proud to present such a strong and vibrant selection of works this November across the Evening and Day Sales. Presenting a tremendous group of artists who are newer to the secondary market alongside post-war and contemporary masters, collectors will have an opportunity to acquire some truly fresh-to-market artworks. In our Evening Sale, 75% of the lots have never been offered publicly and we are delighted to debut them at our new home in 432 Park Avenue.”

Leading the Evening Sale is Francis Bacon’s ‘Pope with Owls’ (illustrated top center of page 1), an extraordinary work created during the artist’s important time spent in Morocco. Executed circa 1958, the work arrives for the first time at auction with an estimate of $35-45 million, having been held in the same prestigious private American collection for nearly four decades.

Georgia O’Keeffe

Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii, 1939

Estimate: $4,000,000 – 6,000,000

A seminal work from her Hawaii series with exceptional provenance, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii will also be included in the Evening Sale, marking the first time the painting has appeared at auction. The work is the most significant of O’Keeffe’s Hawaii pictures to appear at auction in three decades and the first to be offered in a Phillips Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art.

Pierre Bonnard

Panier de fruit, circa 1946

Estimate: $2,000,000 – 3,000,000 

Also among the earlier 20th century works in the Evening Sale is Pierre Bonnard’s Panier de fruit, which holds a storied provenance including Henri Matisse and his son, Pierre Matisse. An outstanding example of Bonnard’s late still lifes, the work captures the ultimate technical endeavors of the artist’s career and the culmination of Bonnard’s lifelong fascination with color, expression, and visual perception.

Amy Sherald

Welfare Queen, 2012

Estimate: $1,200,000 – 1,800,000

Among the sale’s contemporary highlights is Amy Sherald’s Welfare Queen.Painted in 2012, the work is emblematic of Sherald’s signature style that oscillates between reality and fantasy. Welfare Queen is a powerful manifestation of Sherald’s interest in transforming historical representations of the Black community into modern visions of beauty and agency.


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