Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Collector Juxtaposes the Erotic and the Familiar

Show Us Your Walls
By Warren Strugatch
Brian Phillips in his living room with, from left, “Black Goo, White Lace” (2015) by Torbjorn Rodland and “Loon” (2011) by Wyatt Kahn.
When Brian Phillips came to New York in 1998, he quickly gravitated toward the downtown art and fashion scenes and, through internships at Paper, Elle and Visionaire, connected with other aspiring, boundary-smudging tastemakers and haunted contemporary art hot spots. He also found mentors who guided him. Although he arrived to study architecture at Columbia, his career took a different turn and he founded Black Frame, an agency that represents clients in the arts, architecture and fashion. As a collector, Mr. Phillips favors contemporary art and photography, often created by artists he has met, including Paul Lee and Matt Saunders. His taste in art is strikingly personal and he has acquired several homoerotic pieces. [More]
“Harness” (1983-84), by Sarah Charlesworth, in the master bedroom of Mr. Phillips’s home.
From left, Wade Guyton’s “X Poster (Untitled, 2007, Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen, 84 x 69 inches, WG1208)” from 2017, and two posters from a 2006 exhibition of his work at West London Projects.