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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist.

  • Exhibited

    London, Saatchi Gallery, Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, 29 May 2009 – 17 January 2010

  • Literature

    Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, exh. cat., Saatchi Gallery, London, 2008, pp. 344–45 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Aaron Young’s artwork is based on the consequences of energetic and occasionally dangerous performances. Focusing on the creative process of an artistic action, his work becomes a documenting product of performances, as was the case with Arc Light for the exhibition for what you are about to receive (at the Gagosian Gallery in Moscow, 18 September – 25 October 2008). His ‘action’ paintings follow a path established by the Abstract Expressionists, but where those painters documented their existential struggle that had grown out of Expressionism, Young employs the help of subcultural figures such as bikers, skateboarders and tattoo artists, to play key roles in making his truly collaborative works. This lot, The Young and the Driftless, records the spun-up rubber shavings from the tyre of a motorbike on a sheet of safety glass used during a previous performance. The artist stood against the glass which had been sprayed with glue to capture the shavings and record the silhouetted self-portrait.


The Young and the Driftless (and details)

Rubber on safety glass.
213.4 x 152.4 cm (84 x 60 in).

£20,000 - 30,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010