Andreas Gursky - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 16, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples; Sprüth Magers Lee, London

  • Exhibited

    Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Andreas Gursky, 5 November - 17 December, 1989 (another example exhibited); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Amsterdam, De Appel Stichting, Andreas Gursky: Photographs 1984-1993, 1994; Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Haus Lange und Haus Esters, 10 December, 2008 - 25 January, 2009; Stockholm, Moderna Museet, 21 February - 3 May, 2009; Vancouver Art Gallery, 30 May - 20 September, 2009, Andreas Gursky. Works 80-08 (another example exhibited) 

  • Literature

    J. Heynen, ed., Andreas Gursky, Krefeld, 1989, n.p. (illustrated); Z. Felix, ed., Andreas Gursky. Fotografien 1984-1993, Munich, 1994, p. 24 (illustrated); Exhibition catalogue, Andreas Gursky. Works 80-08, Ostfilden, 2008, p. 91 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘In the work that Gursky presented to the world in the late 1980s, the most significant development was the radical reduction of the antlike multitude of group leisure to a single figure, or just a few. The shift decisively altered the viewer’s relationship to the image, transforming detached scrutiny of an undifferentiated crowd into a sympathetic identification with a solitary being, who is dwarfed by the expanse of nature. The distant prospect from an elevated position, for example, belongs to a very old class of imaginary, born of an accommodation between the map-like schemas of primitive pictures and the unique, fixed vantage point of Renaissance perspective. It makes of the viewer a God-like presence, everywhere and nowhere at once, granting us a sense of overarching possession while excluding us from direct participation in the toylike realm.’ (Peter Galassi, ‘Gursky’s World’, in exhibition catalogue, The Museum of Modern Art, Andreas Gursky, New York, 2001, p.25)


Flugzeug Düsseldorf

Chromogenic colour print in the artist's wooden frame.
153 x 193 cm. (60 1/4 x 76 in).
Signed, titled, dated 'Andreas Gursky Flugzeug Düsseldorf 1989' and numbered of four on the reverse. This work is from an edition of four.

£70,000 - 90,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

17 Oct 2009