AFA ArtTalks: Richard Phillips

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Most Wanted (Robert Pattinson), 2010 Oil On Linen 95 X 78 © Courtesy Richard Phillips and White Cube Gallery. Photo courtesy Tom Powel Imaging
AFA ArtTalks: Richard Phillips

20 Rockefeller Plaza at 49th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10020
March 9th, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Artist talk
other (outside main areas)
+1 212 636 2000
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Richard Phillips, ArtTalks, AFA, American Federation of Arts pop
Tickets: $15; $10 for AFA members and students with valid ID. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, please call 212.988.7700 ext. 210 or e-mail Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.nychariti


The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is pleased to announce that artist Richard Phillips will be giving the second ArtTalk of 2011, to be held at Christie’s on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. ArtTalks, the AFA’s lecture series, features notable figures in the art world. Following Phillips’s lecture, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session and wine reception. In-kind support for ArtTalks is provided by Christie’s.

About Richard Phillips:

“Ironic, critical and conflicting, Richard Phillips lulls us into a false sense of security, before pouncing with some rather challenging subjects.” —Wallpaper (2009)

Richard Phillips has a striking signature style that derives from his distinctive use of popular images—often from advertising, fashion spreads, and erotic media—that he translates into drawings and then luscious, oversized realist paintings executed through a traditional process. With fashion, media, and film collaborations, Phillips’s imagery has achieved a level of pop recognition outside of the art world.

Phillips has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, with solo shows at Gagosian Gallery, New York; White Cube, London; Max Hetzler in Berlin; Kunsthalle Zürich; Le Consortium in Dijon; and Kunstverein Hamburg. Adolf Dietrich, Richard Phillips / Painting and Misappropriation will be at the Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau in Ittingen, Switzerland, in May 2011; and Most Wanted, a solo show featuring paintings of celebrities over luxury-label backdrops, will open on January 27 at White Cube Gallery in London. Phillips lives and works in New York.

About the American Federation of Arts: The AFA is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops various educational programs. The AFA’s mission is to enrich the public’s experience of art and understanding of culture by organizing and traveling a diverse offering of exhibitions embracing all aspects of art history. Over the years, millions of visitors in museums around the world have viewed more than 3,000 AFA exhibitions.

For more information about the AFA’s exhibitions, publications, ArtTalks, and online resources, visit

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 6:30–8:00 pm

Where: Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

Getting There: Subway: B, D, F, V to Rockefeller Center; E to 53rd Street

Press Contacts: Michaelyn Mitchell, Director of Publications and Communications, 212.988.7700 ext. 228 or and Lauren Palmor, Publications/Communications Assistant, 212.988.7700 ext. 249 or