Chihuahua Tongha Col Roma

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Tilton Gallery, New York

  • Artist Bio

    Francis Alÿs

    Belgian / Mexican • 1959

    Born in Belgium, Francis Alÿs traveled to Mexico in 1986 as part of a French program to assist in the aftermath of the tragic 1985 earthquake, and has lived there ever since. Throughout his career, the artist has analyzed facets of everyday urban life using a variety of media including video, drawing, installation and public action. Sign Painting Project (1993-'97) is a prime example of the artist's interest in the sprawling urbanization of Mexico City. In this early series, Alÿs drew inspiration from professional Mexican sign painters (rotúlistas) who painted large billboard advertisements throughout the city. In response to these large colorful compositions, Alÿs employed a similar style in creating small-scale paintings of familiar objects and places.  Alÿs asked various rotúlistas to copy and enlarge his paintings, displaying his work and that of the rotúlista side-by-side. This series, like many of Alÿs' other works, illustrates the artist's concerns with such themes as collaboration, banality and originality.

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Chihuahua Tongha Col Roma

1995
oil on canvas, mounted on wood
6 x 7 7/8 in. (15.2 x 20 cm.)
Signed, numbered and dated "MEXICO D.F. COL. ROMA 1995 MARZA FRANCIS ALYS" lower left; further titled and dated "Chihuahua x Tongha Col Roma 11 March 1995" on the reverse.

Estimate
$60,000 - 80,000 

sold for $75,000

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