Phillips has announced highlights ahead of the New Now sale in London. The sale will be led by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, KAWS, Banksy, Josh Smith, Kehinde Wiley, Lynn Chadwick, Alex Katz, and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Further highlights include works by younger stars Salman Toor, Erik Parker, Genieve Figgis, Jonas Wood, and Eddie Martinez. A group of 12 works chosen by Stella McCartney from her McCartney A to Z Manifesto will be offered in the sale, with proceeds going to charities chosen by the artists to feature, included amongst which are Joanna Vasconcelos, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Cindy Sherman. For the first time, Phillips will offer an NFT in London, titled Phytocene by musician Agoria, Oscar-winning sound designer Nicolas Becker and bio-physicist Nicolas Desprat. Also on offer is a selection of works from contemporary African artists including Amani Lewis and Wonder Buhle Mbambo whose work has been donated by Africa First in order to benefit the Africa First Artist Residency Program. The New Now sale is comprised of over 230 lots and will take place on 13 July at 2pm.
A group of six works donated by Serge Tiroche, the founder of Africa First, will feature. Previously held in the Africa First collection, proceeds from the sales of these works will go towards the Africa First Residency Program which supports emerging artists from Africa and the African diaspora. As well as supporting the work and international reach of established artists through its collection and well-established lending program, the Africa First Residency Program is part of a movement aimed at improving and expanding the infrastructure for emerging talent through the provision of studio space, creation of new museums, galleries, art fairs and arts programs. Drawing on traditional craft practices, digital technologies and a rich history of portraiture, the present works are from contemporary artists Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Amani Lewis, Simphiwe Ndzube, Moffat Takadiwa Igshaan Adams, and Emmanuel Taku.