The art market can be tricky to navigate and there are no guarantees of profitability but post-war and contemporary art is proving to be irresistible to collectors. Join Phillips specialists from Latin American Art, Post War and Contemporary Art and Watches, as they discuss the current state of the market.
Latin American art, once considered a niche market, is now at the top of many collectors’ lists as it becomes more fully incorporated within the global art market, with artists such as Carmen Herrera, Gabriel Orozco and Doris Salcedo selling across auction categories. Likewise, the market for collectible watches – what many consider as wearable works of art – has seen tremendous growth in recent years due to their timeless appeal and superb craftsmanship. Join us for a special roundtable discussion with Phillips’ Specialists to learn more about the burgeoning markets for these exciting collecting genres.
John McCord is a Specialist and Head of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale at Phillips, where he is responsible for securing consignments, developing auction catalogues, and managing the spring and fall auctions in New York.
In his professional career, which spans 15 years, John has developed an in-depth expertise in cutting edge contemporary art, and has worked in the highly-regarded contemporary art galleries American Fine Arts, Co., Daniel Reich Gallery, and Broadway 1602, and was Integral in building the curatorial directions and sales programs of each business.
Originally from Florida, John holds a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York.
Kaeli Deane is the Head of Sale for Phillips Latin American Art department, responsible for working closely with clients, obtaining consignments, developing auction catalogues, and managing auction sales.
Based in New York, Ms. Deane joined Phillips in 2014 as a Latin American Art Specialist, becoming Head of Sale in 2015. At Phillips, Ms. Deane has led the department to exponential growth, setting numerous world auction records with a particular focus on promoting important living female artists, such as Carmen Herrera, Doris Salcedo and Olga de Amaral. She came to Phillips after five years with Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, a pioneer in the field of Latin American Art, where she was Director of Sales and helped curate numerous exhibitions at the gallery, including Diego Rivera: The Italian Sketchbook, 1920-21.
Originally from Connecticut, Ms. Deane studied Latin American art at Tufts University under Adriana Zavala. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Art History and Spanish.
Heidi Lee-Komaromi is a Contemporary and Post-War art expert with 14 years of professional experience. She has worked with individuals, estates and Fortune 500 companies and has acquired and appraised over 2,000 works of art by internationally renowned artists. In 2010, she founded EditionedArt, the first curated online gallery featuring limited editions by contemporary artists. She holds a masters degree from Christie’s Education and is a USPAP certified art appraiser. She was also the Director at artnet, the leading art data firm. Currently, she is the curator for Twyla, an innovative artist platform. Heidi is a member of the MoMA, New Museum, Guggenheim, Whitney Museum, ArtTable and the Appraisers Association of America.
Paul Boutros is Head of Americas and the International Strategy Advisor for Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo – the leading international auction house dedicated to fine collector’s watches.Joining the firm in January 2016 and based in New York City, his appointment follows his support as a consultant, where he was instrumental in establishing the department. His initiatives directly contributed to the record-breaking results of the Phillips Watch Department’s inaugural year in 2015, during which it achieved $80.3 Million in sales. A passionate collector of wristwatches for three decades, Paul is a specialist in the authentication and valuation of collectible wristwatches, advising clients on obtaining enduring, investment-grade watches and collections.
In his spare time, Paul is the Watch Columnist for Barron’s PENTA, where he writes about modern timepieces while promoting the timeless appeal of luxury mechanical watches. Frequently appearing on television programs sharing tips on vintage watch collecting, he has hosted talks for luxury brands and publications with presentations discussing the art of watch collecting. Paul also serves as a consultant to luxury brands, working collaboratively with brand leaders, helping them grow their businesses. Most recently, he guided the development of an all-new timepiece collection for a well-known luxury brand.
Earlier in his career, Paul held Design Engineering, Product Development, Program Management, and Marketing and Business Development leadership positions at advanced technology firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and received a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.