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Phillips Hires Former Christie’s, Sotheby’s Staffers to Head Up Contemporary Department

The Phillips New York headquarters.COURTESY PHILLIPS

The Phillips New York headquarters.


Some auction-world news on a hot July afternoon: Phillips announced that it has named two new high-ranking members of its 20th-century and contemporary art department.

Robert Manley, formerly the deputy chairman of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, will be the new deputy chairman and senior international specialist of 20th-century and contemporary art at Phillips. (A note: Manley’s appointment was actually first reported last year, but his official start date is now finally coming up; he begins in October.) And Scott Nussbaum, who was previously a vice president in the contemporary art department at Sotheby’s, will be the senior specialist and head of 20th-century and contemporary art for Phillips in New York.

“We are actively building a world-class team of contemporary art experts as part of our growth strategy, and we are delighted that Robert and Scott are joining our team,” Edward Dolman, the CEO of Phillips, said in a statement. “They bring an enormous wealth of experience and contagious enthusiasm for 20th-century and contemporary art and will significantly strengthen our current team of specialists.”

The hires come as all three major auction houses, along with the rest of the art world, ease into the slow summer months, and begin to pursue consignments that will populate the sales in London in October, and then in New York in November.

Update, July 7, 12:35 p.m.: Clarified that Manley’s appointment was previously announced.

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