Anselm Reyle - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    Anselm Reyle has come to be considered a key figure in a new generation of Contemporary artists dealing with ideas of abstraction and formalism. In a unique way, Reyle recycles the formal achievements of modernist abstraction, and subsequently repurposes them in an entirely new pictorial language, while exploring the relationship between the mundane and the highly seductive. Additionally, working in the traditions of assemblage, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, the concept of gesture is central to Reyle’s practice and is exemplified in the present lot, Black Earth, 2007. Although Reyle has established his multi-media practice around the notion of superficial glamour and the "danger of being decorative," (C. Mooney, “The New King of Kitsch?”, ArtReview, December 1, 2011 p.62) the present lot classically exemplifies a subdued and earnest representation from the artist’s widely extolled oeuvre.


Black Earth

acrylic and black gesso on canvas, in artist's metal frame
95 1/4 x 75 1/4 in. (241.9 x 191.1 cm)
Signed and dated "Anselm Reyle 2007" on the reverse.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $122,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York