Allen Ruppersberg - New Now New York Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Executed early in his career, Untitled (City Limits) reflects the importance of language in pioneering conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg’s practice along with contemporaries Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari. Each work depicts a snapshot of a city limit sign from small towns in California with a hand holding a magazine comically extending into the frame, interrupting the otherwise quiet scene. This juxtaposition and sequential arrangement of the series of five photographs induces the viewer to search for a narrative that extends across the works.

  • Provenance

    Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    San Antonio, Artpace, On the Road, May 13 - September 5, 2010 (another example exhibited, dated 1971)
    Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, February 13 - May 15, 2016 (another example exhibited)


Untitled (City Limits)

black and white photograph, in 5 parts
each 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.)
Executed in 1970, this work is number 3 from an edition of 3.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $22,500

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Rebekah Bowling
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New Now

New York Auction 19 September 2017