Phillips auction house has announced that the worldwide co-head of twentieth-century and contemporary art, Jean-Paul Engelen, has been promoted to deputy chairman of the Americas. Both Engelen and co-head Robert Manley will continue to lead the department as Phillips works to strengthen its team of international specialists.
“Jean-Paul has built an extraordinary team in his two years with Phillips and played a leading role in establishing a world-class twentieth-century and contemporary art department,” said Cheyenne Westphal, Phillips global chairman. “As a deputy chairman, Jean-Paul will be a key member of our global leadership team and will work to build our international twentieth-century and contemporary strategy.”
With more than two decades of market experience in the auction and private sectors, Engelen joined Phillips in August of 2015. Previously, he served as director of public art programs at Qatar Museums and spent sixteen years at Christie’s, where he worked as the senior specialist and director of postwar and contemporary art for the last four years of his tenure there.