To adapt to the fast-changing landscape of our day and age, covid-19 being part of this, auction houses have had to swiftly change their strategies to keep up with how to best connect with their clientele. From changes in the nature and scope of artworks offered, to shifts in timing of their sales, every auction house has responded differently.
Of all the heavyweight auction houses, Phillips is the first to present an online auction which includes all categories that are traditionally separated into individual sales. Titled Refresh:Reload, the mix of collecting categories is enticing at the very first glance. Curated in two complementary parts, Refresh embodies a more lighthearted and romantic aesthetic, bringing together colourful and fun contemporary artworks such as works by Katherine Bernhardt and Genieve Figgis along with elegant jewellery and timepieces by jewelers such as Graff. The second part, Reload, will unveil cutting-edge jewellery and watches presented alongside fresh, trend-setting art, editions and collectibles, with the standout piece being a KAWS x Ikepod Horizon Watch. Phillips’ response has been almost exclusively digital – “our global Spring calendar this year is made up entirely of online-only sales and we have seen strong participation already.” According to Delissa Handoko, Head of Online Sales at Phillips Hong Kong, they “have seen a great deal of cross-category collecting as collectors’ tastes continue to evolve globally.” Perhaps this sale, then, will be the answer to collectors’ concerns as auction houses and art galleries turn to online solutions.
Refresh:Reload includes 180 lots and selected highlights will be exhibited in Phillips’ Hong Kong Gallery (by appointment only) and bidding is currently ongoing and will close on May 28that 6pm HKT. The entire collection is available to browse on their website.