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We are super excited about the New Now Auction at Phillips London, taking place tomorrow, 11 April, at 2pm. Here are some of the highlights. There is still time to make your advance bids! Click Here 

The auction will include 247 works of art by emerging and established artists, with leading highlights by Anish Kapoor, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Peter Halley, Katharina Grosse, and Oscar Murillo. It’s great to see some outstanding work by Russian contemporary artist appearing more and more often on the London scene. This edition of New Now will present work by Petr Sklyar, Vladimir Potapov, Paruya Davtyan, Nikolai Koshelev.

Leading the sale is Anish Kapoor’s Monochrome (Lilac), 2015 (estimate: £180,000-250,000). This work is emblematic of the artist’s body of circular concave fiberglass structures that play on illusion, seeming to recede into their setting. This smooth, matte and immaculate work encapsulates Kapoor’s minimalist style and emphasis on eradicating all evidence of the artist’s involvement.


Lot 19, ANISH KAPOOR, Monochrome (Lilac), 2015, estimate: £180 000 – 250 000. Photo: Phillips.

Works by Swiss artist Urs Fisher are immediately recognisable and often provocative. The presented lot, “The Grass Munchers”, 2007 is almost a miniature by the artist, who often works on quite a large scale. It’s a cast of the artist’s own hands and collarbone, made out of cast aluminium, pigments, pins, wax and hair and measuring 56 x 62 x 44 cm. Executed in 2007, this work is number 1 from an edition of 2 plus 1 artist’s proof and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Fisher’s interest in classical sculpture is obvious here – especially in its fragmentary state, when it often lacks arms, legs, and other fragments. The estimate rather considerable – 100-150K, but so is the provenance. “The Grass Munchers” was exhibited at the Palazzo Grazzi at Madame Fisher in 2012, as well as at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018.

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Lot 24, URS FISCHER, The Grass Munchers, 2007, estimate: £100 000 – 150 000. Photo: Phillips.

Fisher is one of the favourite artists of legendary US galleries Larry Gagosian. His work “Dasha”, 2018 – a larger-than-life wax sculpture depicting Dasha Zhukova, has recently exhibited (or should we say, publicly burnt…) in Gagosian’s London gallery.

A pencil drawing by Chantal Yoffe «Anna Freud» is one of the less expensive lots. Nevertheless, it’s quite noticeable – an impressive exhibition of Joffe recently opened in Victoria Miro museum. Her work, seemingly casual and light, almost childlike, creates a truly  contemporary documentation of everyday faces that comprise contemporary society. Joffe’s work is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Lot 58, CHANTAL JOFFE, “Anna Freud”, 2019, estimate: £1,500 – 2,500. Photo: Phillips.

Nikolay Koshelev is a Russian artist, living and working in New York. He graduated from Stroganov Art Academy in Russia and New York Art Academy. He mostly works on super large scale, and also creates decorations for ballet performances.


Lot 197, NIKOLAY KOSHELEV, «S1/17», 2017, estimate: £5 000 – 7 000. Photo: Phillips.

Moscow-based, and born in Volgograd, artist Vladimir Potapov was named by Forbes as one of the top forty-nine outstanding contemporary artists under the age of fifty in 2017. Vladimir Potapov’s work is characterised by its innovative use of materials, while maintaining the technical rigour of traditional painting techniques.


Lot 194, VLADIMIR POTAPOV, “Brothers”,2018,  £6,000 – 8,000

Featuring some of the most significant names in contemporary art, Multicolour, a new exhibition and auction by Migrate Art, is fundraising to support those affected by the global refugee crisis. The exhibition is made up of works created using pencils and crayons salvaged from the Calais Jungle refugee camp. Founded in London, Carney’s Community works with disadvantaged children to keep them off the street and away from crime. Through contact with this community mentoring scheme and boxing and art these children develop their skills and self-respect. In collaboration with youth charity Carney’s Community, contemporary artist Barry Reigate has worked with disadvantaged children to create a number of artworks. The works have been created on doors, which are being showcased in collaboration with MATCHESFASHION.COM as part of an exhibition throughout 5 Carlos Place, before being sold at Phillips’ New Now sale on 11 April. The funds raised in this auction will go specifically towards a programme that will pay for teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend boxing training. 


Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

By Anna Glinkina

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