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Phillips Adds Contemporary, Modern Art Staff Ahead of Fall Sales

Boutique auctioneer Phillips hired two senior executives to bolster its contemporary and modern art offerings ahead of the auction season that will test the art market’s resilience following turmoil in the financial markets.

Hugues Joffre, who was a senior international director at Christie’s, was named worldwide head of 20th century art, and Jean-Paul Engelen, who was director of public art programs at the Qatar Museums, will become worldwide head of contemporary art, the company said Tuesday in a statement.