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CATALOGUER
CATALOGUER
Phillips
Post Date: 12 Dec 2022

JOB OVERVIEW

Acting as Cataloguer in the 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department in New York, this position will be responsible for assisting the Head of Sale with coordinating sales, valuations, cataloguing and researching property. Phillips values a workforce with a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and skills, so we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the qualifications. 

Duties and Responsibilities

·        Catalogue property for auction, valuation, and private sale using auction standards.

·        Research and write catalogue notes and other marketing material where appropriate.

·        Research property including authenticity, bibliography, provenance and exhibition history for auction, valuation, and private sale using libraries, online databases, the internet and outside experts.

·        Proof and complete all research for cataloguing using auction standards and review with Head of Sale and/or Senior Specialists.

·        Research and provide all relevant information using auction standards for use in marketing material, valuations and proposals.

·        Prepare property for in-person property review meetings with Head of Sale and Senior Specialists to determine value, condition and marketability, and amend cataloguing as necessary.

·        Prepare condition reports and review with Head of Sale and Senior Specialists where appropriate.

·        Assist with catalogue print and digital production and layout, including photography coordination and copyright clearance for comparative images.

·        Send cataloguing and provenance confirmation emails to specialists.

·        Liaise with galleries, foundations, estates, artist’s studios, etc. on expertise.

·        Collaborate with other Cataloguers and assist as needed to support the other 20th Century and Contemporary Art Sales.

·        Contribute to pricing sessions, working collaboratively with specialist colleagues. Compile relevant auction comparables for pricing meetings when needed.

·        Attend local and regional events including gallery openings, museum events and art fairs and cultivate networks among collectors, dealers, curators and others.

·        Assist clients via e-mail, telephone and on-site.

·        Discuss artworks with specialists, other staff and clients.

·        Other duties as assigned by Manager.

Professional Skills and Experience

·        Ability to work professionally and collaboratively with others within the business. 

·        Ability to handle confidential information discreetly and responsibly. 

·        Proactive with excellent time management and organizational skills  

·        Ability to multi-task and prioritise. 

·        Meticulous attention to detail. 

·        Ability to remain calm under pressure while delivering a high standard of work on tight deadlines. 

·        In depth academic and relevant market knowledge of 20th Century and Contemporary Art. 

·        Ability to communicate eloquently and professionally with a wide variety of audiences using both verbal and written communication. 

·        Excellent scholarly writing skills. 

·        Excellent client-service and presentation skills including confidence, tact and diplomacy. 

Education and Training

 

·        Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant art category, required. 

·        Master’s Degree or 2+ years or experience performing similar duties in an auction house, gallery or museum, preferred.

·        All Language skills in addition to English, preferred.

Working Conditions

·        Work is primarily undertaken in our 432 Park Avenue office with frequent visits to our Long Island City warehouse.

·        Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

·        Some travel may be required.

·        Newly hired staff must be fully vaccinated by their start date.  Applicants unable to comply with this policy due to an underlying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief may be eligible for an accommodation, unless such an accommodation would be unduly burdensome or present a direct threat to the applicant, our employees, or the members of our greater community.

Additional Info

·        The salary range for this role is $50,000-55,000.

JOB DETAILS

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