Two works: (i) Surprised Worker; (ii) Everyday Worker

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  • Provenance

    Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)

  • Artist Bio

    Tom Otterness

    American • 1952

    In 1977, American sculptor Tom Otterness started to make waves in the art world when he filmed himself shooting his dog to his death. The piece established him as a risk-taking artist, not afraid to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable.

    Yet the controversial work would eventually haunt him for years, particularly as shows of violence became scarce in an increasingly modern society. Veering off in a diametrically opposite direction, Otterness started working with lost wax and bronze to create public art installations. Often inhabiting parks, center squares and transportation infrastructures, Otterness' sculptures tend towards the comedic. They are cartoonish and cheeky, nodding at art history, pop culture, capitalism, greed and satire. To date, Otterness is one of the most successful public artists world-wide.

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Two works: (i) Surprised Worker; (ii) Everyday Worker

each signed and dated "OTTERNESS 83" on the reverse
oilstick and graphite on paper
each 20 x 17 in. (50.8 x 43.2 cm.)
Executed in 1983.

Estimate
$2,000 - 3,000 

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Rebekah Bowling
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New York Auction 19 September 2017