BONHAMS APPOINTS RALPH TAYLOR AS GLOBAL HEAD OF GROWING POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART DEPARTMENT
Sharon Squires appointed as Senior Director for Post-War & Contemporary Art Department in Los Angeles Jacqueline Towers-Perkins appointed specialist in New York

The international auction house, Bonhams, announces the appointment of Ralph Taylor as Global Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art. Taylor will oversee sales in Bonhams global offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Further appointments made to this expanding department include Sharon Squires, who will take on the role of Bonhams' Senior Director based in Los Angeles and Jacqueline Towers-Perkins, who will be based in New York.

RALPH TAYLOR

Having joined Bonhams in early 2014, Ralph Taylor has overseen exponential growth in London sales since he arrived to lead the Post-War & Contemporary Art department in UK and Europe. During this period, the average sell-through rate for lots in the sale has been consistently more than 90% and the average price achieved significantly the highest on the market for similar sales anywhere in the world.

Taylor has also overseen all seven of the company's highest results for Post-War & Contemporary Art in London and increased Bonhams market share by over 900%, whilst also halving the number of lots offered, resulting in more tightly curated sales.

In addition to redefining the department in UK and Europe, Taylor has been instrumental in initiating an exhibition programme at Bonhams that has included ZERO Gutai Kusama, The Colony Room and the forthcoming Structure and Form.

Ralph, a French speaker, has a Masters in European Modernism from the Courtauld Institute in London and a First Class degree in History of Art and English Literature from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining Bonhams in 2014, Ralph worked at Sotheby's and Lazarides Gallery.

Ralph Taylor says: "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take a hands-on role with the global Post-War & Contemporary Art department at Bonhams. All four selling locations in London, New York, Hong Kong and LA have seen record results in recent years and it is with this momentum that we will build on these successes. We have created a distinct identity in the marketplace during the past four years that is characterised by connoisseurship, long-term decision making with our clients and selective, thoughtful sales. I look forward enormously to continuing this effort, to working with my colleagues here at Bonhams and to welcoming Sharon and Jacqueline to our excellent team."
Ralph Taylor can be contacted at ralph.taylor@bonhams.com

SHARON SQUIRES

Sharon Goodman Squires will take on the role as Senior Director as part of the Contemporary team in Los Angeles. Squires is returning to Bonhams Los Angeles after a spell of four years in which she worked as Director of a boutique appraisal and brokerage firm in Los Angeles. During her earlier time at Bonhams, Squires led the highly regarded Made in California auctions.

Squires has a background in art history and museum studies. After Sarah Lawrence College, she took Masters degrees in both disciplines at University of Southern California, before holding curatorial positions at Norton Simon Museum and LACMA.

"I have returned to Bonhams to find that the Post-War and Contemporary Art department has taken a huge leap forward," said Sharon Squires. "I am delighted to work once more with some of the most professional and passionate leaders in the field."

Sharon Squires can be contacted on sharon.squires@bonhams.com.

JACQUELINE TOWERS-PERKINS

Jacqueline Towers-Perkins is a new addition to the Post-War & Contemporary Art department in New York. Jacqueline previously served as a Post-War and Contemporary Art Specialist at ArtNet and Paddle8 and as Auctioneer and the Head of the Paintings department at a London auction house. She continues to act as an auctioneer at benefit events and is also a trustee for a London-based educational charity supporting young people in the arts.

A graduate in History of Art and English Literature from the University of Leeds, Jacqueline also received a master's degree in art business from Sotheby's Institute of Art. Bonhams Global Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Ralph Taylor, said, "We are delighted that Jacqueline is joining Bonhams. With her experience and understanding of the art market, she will be a great asset and will be working closely with our team in the Americas and across the globe to build our client base."

Jacqueline Towers-Perkins commented, "I am delighted to join such a dynamic and talented team that has made such huge strides in recent years. The Post War and Contemporary Art Department at Bonhams has grown enormously, and I am very excited for the future."

Jacqueline can be contacted at jacqueline.towers-perkins@bonhams.com.

Next sale: Post-War & Contemporary Art
9 November at 4pm
Bonhams New York, 580 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022

Next exhibition: Structure and Form
4-10 October
Bonhams London

Enquiries

For further press information and images, please contact:

UK: Lucinda Bredin, lucinda.bredin@bonhams.com

US: Sung-Hee Kim, sunghee.kim@bonhams.com.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

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