NEW YORK, NY.-
This summer, Phillips
New York hosts The Sky in a Room, a private selling exhibition curated by the celebrated Francesco Bonami. The exhibition, which will run through 11 August at 450 Park Avenue and feature works by Alighiero Boetti, Francis Al˙s, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others.
According to Francesco Bonami, Phillips Senior Consultant and Advisor to the CEO & Chairman, Each work in the exhibition comes from a single owner collection and is presented, not as a singular work of art, but as part of a group. These groupings create autonomous constellations within a very specific universe: the mind of a collector. Cruising in and out of different spaces, always searching, discovering and uncovering art, creating with it a new and imaginary and personal planet. The goal of any collection should never be the simple accumulation of artifacts but it should strive to build an utterly unique narrative, where the collectors' obsession, passion and mission is weaved together with those of the artists.
The Sky in a Room takes its name from an Italian song written in 1960 by Gino Paoli, and made famous by singer Mina. The exhibition is inspired by the idea that art has the unique power to transform mental and physical space. As the title of the show suggests, art through collecting can bring the sky inside a space, transforming a room into a borderless universe and offering the viewer an unexpected broader creative panorama.
Private sales have become increasingly important to Phillips, with private treaty totals in 2016 up 19% on 2015, and The Sky in a Room is just one of several private selling exhibitions that Philips has hosted within the past year. Phillips also announced that this exhibition in New York will run alongside a private selling exhibition in London, entitled Words are Deeds, also curated by Francesco Bonami.
Francesco Bonami is the famed curator of the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, the 2010 Whitney Biennial, the 1997 SITE Sante Fe Biennial, and the 2000 Manifesta 3. Bonami has also organized exhibitions internationally at such prestigious institutions as the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Hayward Gallery (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Qatar Museums Authority in Doha. He has authored monographs on many of todays most important contemporary artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Rudolf Stingel, and Jeff Wall.