Annie Morris - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Everybody experiences tragedy at some point in their life and for me these Stack pieces are all about what happens afterwards. They have a hopeful quality to them I think, that’s what I want them to have.”
    — Annie Morris


    To create the series, Morris first began by initially sketching out oval shapes, which she subsequently transformed into three-dimensional spheres composed of polystyrene or foam and plaster. Coating each ball with vibrant pigment primarily focused on ochre, grey, brown, red, and earthy ultramarine, Morris ‘[tries] to freeze the moment when paint hasn’t yet dried and is caught in its most raw form.’ i


    Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, 2016
    Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Los Angeles


    In stark contrast to renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains (2016) made of boulders, Morris’ piled colourful balls do not convey weightiness. Instead, each richly hued stack is imbued with the artist’s journey toward acceptance and healing, as Morris has been thoroughly experimenting with the series since 2014, exploring diverse formats and sizes and continuously striving for more dynamism and vitality. Executed in 2019, Stack 8, Copper Blue is a beautiful example of Morris’ ability to encapsulate memory and experience into abstract form.


    Morris’ Stacks have featured in multiple solo shows in recent years. This includes her first UK museum solo show which was held in 2021-2022 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Garden, as well as Timothy Taylor in London in 2021 and Château La Coste in Provence, France in 2022, where Morris was the first artist to occupy the new pavilion of the Oscar Niemeyer-designed pavilion. Numerous prestigious public collections have acquired her work, such as Fondation Louis Vuitton, France/Shanghai and Perez Collection, Miami.



    Annie Morris discusses her practice ahead of her first solo show in the UK, held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Garden in 2021-2022

    Video Courtesy of the Yorkshire Sculpture Garden



    iAnnie Morris, quoted in press release for Château La Coste, Provence, Annie Morris, 6 July – 30 September 2022, online

    • Condition Report

    • Description

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    • Provenance

      Timothy Taylor, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Timothy Taylor Gallery, Annie Morris, 13 September – 26 October 2019


Stack 8, Copper Blue

signed 'Annie Morris' on the lower front of the base
foam core, pigment, concrete, steel, plaster and sand
work 210 x 48 x 44 cm. (82 5/8 x 18 7/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
base 7 x 44 x 44 cm. (2 3/4 x 17 3/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
overall 217 x 48 x 44 cm. (11 3/4 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.)

Executed in 2019.

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HK$500,000 - 700,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023