Adam Fuss - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Cheim & Read, New York
    The Missing Peace Foundation, Redwood City
    Kenneth A. Friedman & Co., Calabasas

  • Exhibited

    The Missing Peace: Artist’s Consider the Dalai Lama, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, 11 June- 10 September 2006; Fundacion Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, 29 January- 12 April 2009; The Nobel Museum, Stockholm, 8 October 2010-2 January 2011; The San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, 12 March- 31 July 2011
    and six other venues

  • Catalogue Essay

    British photographer Adam Fuss has built an impressive oeuvre comprised of images created without the aid of a camera. By presenting details of the natural world—from rabbits to butterflies, flowers, babies, water drops and, as seen in the current lot, insects, Fuss’s body of work echoes the Victorians’ fascination with cataloguing the world around them. By doing so with photograms, instead of relying on the more acutely documentarian principles of photography, Fuss removes the direct correlation between his subjects and the real world, allowing them to hover in an intermediary enigmatic and haunting realm. Similarly, the cocoon in the current lot occupies an intermediate
    phase, neither caterpillar nor butterfly, the perfect subject for Fuss’s subversive eye.


Untitled (White Chrysalis)

Pigment print, flush-mounted.
72 x 44 in. (182.9 x 111.8 cm)
Signed, dated in wax pencil and printed title on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the frame. One from an edition of 7.

$15,000 - 20,000 

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013