Franklin Report Report Card for Amiel & Phillips in New York City
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Amiel & Phillips

PO Box 131
Davenport, CA 95017
(917) 566-4736
Main Contact: Karen Amiel

Art & Antiques Services
Art Advisors/Consultants

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Elite art advisors; interior design specialists

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Karen Amiel has more than 30 years of contemporary art knowledge, in addition to solid business experience and international relationships in the art world. She brings this wealth of experience to clients looking for a few good works, as well as museums and major collectors expanding their collections and corporations seeking statement pieces. Through her extensive networks and negotiating acumen, Amiel can navigate the ins and outs of the art world, offering access, value and avoiding expensive mishaps.

Amiel began her career as curator of the Arts Council of Great Britain, purchasing for the collection and developing an exhibition program through municipal galleries. In this capacity, she was responsible for supporting the early careers of some of the most important British artists. After two years working for Leslie Waddington, one of the best-known contemporary galleries in London at the time, she came stateside in the early 80s to establish New York’s Delahunty Gallery, one of the earliest galleries in TriBeCa. In 1985, Amiel went to the advisory side and has been there ever since. She has created a collection for Laura Hunt’s 26,000-square-foot Cabo estate project, worked collaboratively with the designer Campion Platt for a major New York client, commissioned celebrated artists to develop large-scale lobby pieces for major buildings and built numerous private collections. She has recently completed a collection for the newly finished Jim Jennings house in Carmel, CA and is currently working on commissioned projects for large-scale public spaces in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Brookfield Place, Manhattan.

Amiel is said to be especially adept at sidestepping territorial battles between decorators, architects and their clients in the pursuit of incorporating fine art. Amiel’s process is simple: Going from a designer’s plan, she researches the market and produces a variety of options; together, the designer and the client choose. The research is academic and multi-layered, but we hear that the firm is excellent at bringing the client into the process, with regular updates and guided gallery outings. The firm then purchases the chosen works and attends to their storage, transportation, lighting and installation. Amiel charges a standard mark up on whatever is purchased at galleries, auction or through dealers, and can work with any bud- get. The firm is very much appreciated for its ability to collaboratively guide clients toward choosing pieces likely to maintain long-term value.

Representative Client Comments:
“She has a thorough knowledge of the art community and was a great help.” “Beat all their deadlines and gave a great presentation.” “At first, they gave me too many options, but as we kept working together, they learned my aesthetic and now they give me exactly what I need.” “She can bring a project in for a lot of money or very little.”

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