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Phillips auction house to bring Jeff Koons, KAWS to Art Jakarta

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 8, 2019  /  04:03 pm
Phillips auction house to bring Jeff Koons, KAWS to Art Jakarta

Phillips auction house will present artworks by renowned artists, such as KAWS, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, along with watches and jewelry collection at the 2019 Art Jakarta. (Shutterstock/Koliadzynska Iryna)

Hong Kong-based auction house Phillips Asia has announced its participation in the 2019 Art Jakarta and the appointment of Vivi Yip, the owner of Vivi Yip Art Room gallery, to the role of senior consultant in Indonesia.

The 11th annual Art Jakarta is slated to run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Prior to Art Jakarta, Phillips participated in Art Moments Jakarta held in May this year.

For the upcoming art fair, the auction house plans to present artworks by renowned artists, such as KAWS, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, along with a watch and jewelry collection.

According to a statement, the company believes the art world has become a truly global market and today’s collectors often do not recognize borders or time zones.

“Collectors want to build their collections with works spanning geography and genre. They want art from around the world – independent of its origin – and that’s a trend with no end in sight. These artists we are presenting are the most celebrated and exciting contemporary artists in the world,” read the statement. “We’ve been listening to our clients and art collectors in Southeast Asia, and these artists are popular among Southeast Asian collectors.”

Read also: Art Jakarta moves to larger venue, to feature more galleries

Phillips also stated that the cross-category exhibition, which includes art, watches and jewelry, would focus on the 20th and 21st centuries as the two eras have a strong resonance with Indonesia’s ever-expanding collecting community.

Meanwhile, Vivi told The Jakarta Post via text message on Tuesday that the auction house's participation in Art Jakarta would mark another step forward as it continued to invest in Southeast Asia and engaged with the growing number of new and existing collectors in the region.

“The collecting scene in Indonesia is expanding rapidly and we would like to use the opportunity to engage with established major Indonesian collectors as well as a new generation of collectors from this growing market,” she added.

In addition to presenting artworks, watches and jewelry, Phillips will also participate in a charity program as the official auctioneer. The program is set to auction 10 carpets made by a group of Indonesian artists and the funds will be used to support local art scene. (kes)

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Editor's note:

Paragraph seven in this article has been corrected.

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