2017-2018 Lecture Series: Prints
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May 7, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
Sculpture Court
New York City

The Popularity of Prints
Speaker: Kelly Troester, Phillips

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Printmaking has always been the populist art form since religious woodcuts and engravings from the 15th century. Understandably so, with their ability to ‘spread the gospel’ of biblical stories and introductions to the artist’s talents. The multiplied image has grown and evolved in 600 years using an almost infinite array of techniques which has only aided the variety and importance of the craft. The secondary auction market for editioned prints and multiples, from Old Master to Contemporary, ebbs and flows as other art markets do, but is generally the one of the most steadfast and resilient categories. From the seemingly unstoppable Pop print demand, to a more tame, classic Modern market, and whatever the latest trends of the season prove to be, let us look at the current state of this collecting category and see what nuances have developed in the mix.

As we appear to be in a current market high, many works are achieving auction records each sale and it is believed there will be continued steady growth, especially given the increasing number of buyers due to the power of the internet with its vast reach and influence. Kelly Troester, Phillips, will illustrate these ideas with a variety of examples from recent brick-and-mortar auctions (especially those in New York just occurring two weeks prior to this lecture) and also take a look at how the Online auction print market is developing. This will lead into further questions of: What does the current print collector look like? and, Are we able to cultivate/educate a new millennial generation of engaged collector in similar or different ways than other generations?


1.5 CE credits

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Photo Credit (from top):
1. Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Blue Hair, 1994, relief print, edition of 40
2. Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline lisant, 1962, linoleum cut, edition of 50
3. Yoshitomo Nara, After the Acid Rain (Day), 2010, ukiyo-e woodcut, edition of 50


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Kelly Troester, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Co-Head, Modern Editions, Phillips, began her career in 1988 at Butterfield & Butterfield in Los Angeles, where she became a print specialist and eventually head of the department by the mid 1990s. In 1998, Kelly moved to New York City to take a position as a specialist in the Print department at Christie’s and became the head  of the department in 2003. She was made a Senior Vice President in the company in 2006. She began the Editions department at Phillips auction house in 2008 along with her colleague, Cary Leibowitz, with the goal of elevating the level of awareness of what constitutes a fine, handmade print and how one can form a dynamic collection from different time periods and styles at all different price levels. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary of forming the department this year. With over 30 years of experience in the print auction market, Kelly has gained a deep understanding of the field and market from both the East and West coasts of the U.S. and Europe. She is a generalist prints and multiples appraiser ranging from Old Master to the most recent Contemporary editions, but focuses on Modern printmakers today. 

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