Folded Madonna Poster (Steven Meisel)
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  • Provenance

    Corvi-Mora, London
    Private Collection, Switzerland

  • Exhibited

    Dispersion, ICA, London, 3 December 2008 - 1 February 2009, another
    Anne Collier, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 27 June - 21 September, 2014; MCA Chicago, 22 November 2014 - 8 March 2015; Aspen Art Museum, 2 April - 5 July 2015; AGO, Toronto, 26 September 2015 - 10 January 2016, another

  • Literature

    Dispersion, London: ICA, 2008, pp. 20-21
    Anne Collier, Chicago: MCA, 2014, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A once-folded poster of Madonna from a photograph taken by Steven Meisel for her 1993 single ‘Bad Girl’ is pinned in the top two corners to a white wall. Photographing found objects and appropriated imagery, Anne Collier questions the ways in which these images are presented and perceived, aiming to elicit ‘a sense of emotional or psychological uncertainty’ through her image-making process. In Folded Madonna Poster (Steven Meisel), she transforms the object into the subject and asks us to join her in analysing the process of perception and presentation. The title of the work highlights that this is a picture within a picture; we know both what we are looking at (a folded poster of Madonna) and by whom the image was originally taken (Steven Meisel). In acknowledging these two aspects, Collier draws our attention to how this image was initially presented and consumed. Influenced by the work of Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and other ‘Pictures Generation’ artists, Collier re-contextualises popular imagery and visual clichés. She challenges how photography structures our ways of seeing by drawing our attention to these mechanics as seen in the present work.

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Folded Madonna Poster (Steven Meisel)

2007
Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 116.5 x 151.5 cm (45 7/8 x 59 5/8 in.)
Frame: 128 x 166.5 cm (50 3/8 x 65 1/2 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 3/5 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

This work is number 3 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 APs. This image exists only in this size and edition. The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York holds another print from this edition.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

sold for £41,250

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London Auction 16 May 2019