Andreas Gursky - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum; Winterthur, Fotomuseum; London, Serpentine Gallery; Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Turin, Castello di Rivolli, Museo D' Arte Contemporanea; Lisbon, Centro Cultural de Belem, Fotografien 1994 -1998, Andreas Gursky, May 1998 - December 1999, p. 12, illustrated (another example exhibited)Minneapolis, Milwaukee Art Museum, Current 27: Andreas Gursky, February 1998 - March 1999, no. 8

  • Literature

    Marie Luise Syring, ed., Andreas Gursky: Fotografien 1984 bis Heute, Munich, 1998 - 2000, p. 87 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot Singapore I is a prime example of how, “Gursky’s practice has abandoned the external structures of his predecessors and peers, and allows itself the possibility of looking at almost anything it cares to, and in whatever manner, whether as documentary or fantasy” (J. Millar, ‘In Praise of Blandness – Finding Perfection in the Neutrality of Andreas Gursky’s Photographs’ in Modern Painters, April 2007)
     
    It is through his large scale format that we as viewers sense the “need for these big brilliant photos to show us our big bland, dense world…there’s an underlying essentialism at work in Gursky’s photographs that attempts to render visible the structural principles at the heart of the concrete world” (K. Siegel and A. Alberro, The Big Picture: Consuming Vision & Blind ambition in Artforum, January 2001)

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Singapore I

1997
C-print in the artist's wooden frame.
180 x 222 cm. (70 7/8 x 88 3/4 in).

Signed and dated 'Andreas Gursky 97' and numbered of six on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is from an edition of six.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £49,250

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm
London