Ana Mendieta - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Lelong, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Ana Mendieta: A Retrospective, 20 November, 1987 – 24 January, 1988; Caracas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Barro de America, Primera Bienal, 1992; New York, Galerie Lelong, Rest/Energy: Ana Mendieta/Marina Abramovic, 11 March – 24 April, 1999; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The American Century: Art & Culture 1900 – 2000, Part II 1950 – 2000, 26 September, 1999 – 13 February, 2001; Lucerne, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Ana Mendieta: Body Tracks, 19 October, 2002 – 23 February, 2003; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1 July – 19 September, 2004; Washington DC, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 14 October, 2004 – 2 January, 2005; Des Moines, Des Moines Art Center, 25 February – 22 May, 2005; Miami, Miami Art Museum, 7 October, 2005 – 15 January, 2006, Ana Mendieta: Earth Body Sculpture and Performance 1972 – 1985

  • Literature

    The New Museum of Contemporary Art, ed., Ana Mendieta: A Retrospective, New York, 1987, p. 54 (illustrated); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, ed., Barro de America, Primera Bienal, Caracas, 1992 (illustrated on the cover and p. 24); Peter Fischer, ed., Ana Mendieta: Body Tracks, Lucerne, 2002 (illustrated on the cover); Whitney Museum of American Art, ed., Ana Mendieta: Earth Body Sculpture and Performance 1972 – 1985, New York, 2004, p. 66 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present work Untitled (From the Fetish Series), 1977 was executed at Old Man’s Creek in Iowa City near the University of Iowa, where the artist studied.The photograph serves as a documentation of one of many earth/body performances in which Mendieta attempted to reconnect her body with nature by using materials such as ash, fire, sand and blood. Mendieta describes the inspiration for these performances and the resulting photographs:
    I have been carrying out a dialogue between the landscape and the female body (based on my own silhouette). I believe this has been a direct result of my having been torn from my homeland (Cuba) during my adolescence. I am overwhelmed by the feeling of having been cast from the womb (nature). My art is the way I re-establish the bonds that unite me to the universe. It is a return to the maternal source. Through my earth/body sculptures I become one with the earth… I become an extension of nature and nature becomes and extension of my body. This obsessive act of reasserting my ties with the earth is really the reactivation of primeval beliefs… [in] an omnipresent female force, the after-image of being encompassed within the womb, is a manifestation of my thirst for being. (Ana Mendieta taken from G. Moure, Ana Mendieta, Barcelona, 1996, p. 51)


Untitled (From the Fetish Series)


Lifetime c-print flush mounted on backing board.

50.8 x 33.6 cm. (20 x 13 1/4 in).

This work is stamped with signature by the Estate of Ana Mendieta on the reverse. This work is unique.

£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £102,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 Feb 2008, 2pm