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Post Date: 05 Sep 2022


New York

The Researcher/Writer in the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department in New York will be responsible for working closely with the entire specialist team to assist in the researching, writing and content of all department materials including the auction, single owner and private sale catalogues, proposals, press and marketing materials. The Researcher/Writer will also take a leading role in the facilitation of the creation of proposals for sale and other documents for the department including press releases, marketing products, and single lot catalogues. 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

·        Research and write scholarly texts, market analysis, and other marketing material for auction catalogues, private sale works, exhibitions and other material as assigned by manager.

·        Research, including authenticity, bibliography, provenance and exhibition history of selective works of art for auction, proposals, valuation, and private sale using libraries, online databases, the internet, and outside experts and coordinate with relevant Cataloguers and Heads of Sale on findings.

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

·        Work closely with specialists, business getters and business managers to help define sale and marketing plans/competitive messages for proposals and marketing material.

·        Coordinate and act as a key contact for relevant departments, including but not limited to Proposals, Design, Press and Marketing, during the production of marketing material, valuations and proposals.

·        Assist department in all aspects of department material delivery including scheduling, researching, writing, editing and proofreading of special catalogues, proposals and other material as assigned by manager.

·        Liaise with Production to produce custom exhibition displays and wall-text copy for select auction preview exhibitions.

·        Proof all research and material for department and review with Heads of Sale and/or Senior Specialists.

·        Work closely with the sale team to select and compile art historically relevant and commercial comparative images for illustration in lot content, proposals and other material as appropriate. Work with the Cataloguer and Copyright Administrator to assist with catalogue and lot content production, layout and copyright clearance where necessary with comparative images.

·        Take ownership of the organization, cataloguing and augmentation of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art department library in New York.

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

·        Discuss artworks with specialists, other staff and clients.

·        Other duties as assigned.

Professional Skills and Experience

·        Bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field, required.

·        Professional experience in academic journalism or editorial related to arts and culture, or professional experience in an auction house, museum or gallery; or Master’s Degree in Art History or related field.

·        Significant professional experience in a fast paced writing environment that leverages your art market and cultural expertise.

Personal Attributes

·        Ability to deliver a high standard of work while working on tight deadlines in fast paced environment, taking into account constructive feedback.

·        Ability to work professionally and collaboratively with all other areas within the business.

·        Ability to handle confidential information discreetly and responsibly.

·        Proactive, with excellent project management and organizational skills.

·        Ability to work independently and self-manage.

·        Knowledge of 20th century and contemporary art with excellent research and writing abilities.

·        Clear written and verbal communicator.

·        Clear attention to detail.

Working Conditions

·        Work is primarily undertaken in person at our 432 Park Avenue Office Location

·        Weekends and evenings required where necessary.

·        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.

Please submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample to [email protected]. Please use the subject header “Researcher/ Writer “. Please be advised: due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and backgrounds best fit the needs of the open position.


New York, USA

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