Anna Barriball - Contemporary Day Sale London Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Frith Street Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004

  • Exhibited

    London, Saatchi Gallery, Newspeak: British Art Now II, 27 October - 30 April 2011
    London, Frith Street Gallery, Anna Barriball, 24 March - 8 May 2004

  • Literature

    Newspeak: British Art Now, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2011, pp 22

  • Catalogue Essay

    Black Wardrobe is a bureau wrapped seamlessly in tape. Anna Barriball used obsessively repeated actions to press and rub the tape into the cupboard’s surface so that the coating forms a second skin that reveals the dresser’s most minute textures. Suffocated in black, the cupboard is almost unrecognisable as a solid form, becoming instead a monumental void connoting absence and memory. Through her intensive process, Barriball unveils a mystery in the domestic and familiar. Her work alludes to a synaesthesia of sight and touch, where senses merge and become heightened.


Black Wardrobe

tape on wardrobe
177.8 x 70 x 40 cm (70 x 27 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)

£8,000 - 12,000 ♠†

Contact Specialist
Henry Highley
Head of Sale
+ 44 20 7318 4061

Contemporary Day Sale

London Auction 3 July 2014 2PM