Adam McEwen - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    I had a standard Nokia phone, which is the most common phone in Europe, and I got somebody to design a font that exactly matched my phone’s-pixel by pixel. Because this context is so familiar and everyone sees it every day in its most banal function, you could surprise yourself with meaning. It’s the same thing as walking down the street and seeing a sign on a store that says sorry, we’re closed. The familiarity of that opens up the possibility of throwing in the unfamiliar.

    (Adam McEwen quoted in C. Bollen, “Adam McEwen”, Interview Magazine, December 2008 - January 2009).


Black Nokia (Leo)

acrylic on canvas
26 1/2 x 111 in. (67.3 x 281.9 cm)

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $110,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York