There's only one thing MAO likes better than Photography Auctions.. and that would be Photography Auction House Gossip!! Oh.. no.. she.. didn't...!! Ooooh Yes...she did!
OK..my little MAO-Gossip-ettes..
We have it on very reliable sources....
That both Phillips de Pury & Company super bright Photography Art Auction Experts, Rick Wester and Lisa Newlin Galeano have left the auction house.
We know this since we've recently called to talk to them.. and no one was there.. plus their names have been removed from the Phillips de Pury % Co Photography Department website..
It would seem.. Charlie Scheips
who? is now their Worldwide Director and recent hire (ex..Charles Cowles Gallery Photo Dept manager) Joseph Kraeutler has been now promoted to the Director in New York.
The Phillips de Pury photography department has been truly one of MAO's auction favorites in NYC.. they have always been helpful, abnormally friendly, and clearly a force to be reckoned with. (photo by Lee Friedlander, Revolving Door)
We haven't heard where either Rick or Lisa maybe going.. but their departure from Phillips will be surely missed. We at MAO wish both Rick and Lisa all the best in their next endeavor. Let's hope the new directors at Phillips can continue the high quality photo auction program we have grown to know and love.