New York, 11 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Edward Dolman, who announced he was stepping down as Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) this week, is to become Chairman and Chief Executive of Phillips. He is to take up his new position in July.
Dolman previously spent 27 years at Christie’s, and was the auction house’s Chief Executive and Chairman before his move to Qatar. In what has been called a somewhat surprising move, Dolman’s relocation to Phillips marks a break away from the traditional duopoly of the two main auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
Phillips has undergone several changes during its 218-year history, but has gained in ambition and visibility since it was bought by Russian luxury goods company, the Mercury Group, in 2008. It has since acquired new headquarters in both New York and London. Speaking to The New York Times, Dolman disclosed his wish to expand into different categories of auction, to complement Phillips’ current offering of Contemporary Art, Photographs, Design, Jewellery and Editions.