Two works: Bomber Harris

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  • Provenance

    Nicole Klagsbrun, New York
    Luhring Augustine, New York
    Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, California

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I remember when I was 12, I was taught that Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris was a cool guy. He wasn’t exactly a hero, but he, ‘just did what he had to do’. Twenty-five or 30 years later, I learned how intense and insane his campaign was to flatten every German city. The ‘Gum Paintings’ are about the difference of me being 12 or 13 years old and being 40. I suppose that it is about how people think about history and how it is like fiction. In that sense, I suppose that at the end of the day, my work is still my story, but maybe I can take someone there too.”
    (The artist, in Patrick Knowles, ‘Adam McEwen: Burning Bridges to the Mundane’, SOMA, Spring 2009, vol. 23.3)

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Two works: Bomber Harris

2008
acrylic and chewing gum on canvas
each: 50.8 × 40.6 cm (20 × 15 7/8 in)
each: signed and dated “A. McEwen 2008” on the reverse.

Estimate
£35,000 - 55,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £46,850

Contemporary Art Evening

28 June 2012
London