Anselm Reyle - Contemporary Art Evening Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Brussels, Almine Rech Gallery, Sculpture Garden, September 21 - October 28, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    I like the idea of clichés. To me it means that people found common sense in a certain matter. So I see it as an inspiration, and not negative.

    (Anselm Reyle, in Whatspace, 2008).

    Anselm Reyle captures the ideologies of the modern movement with the colors and presentation of the post-pop art world. Stark neon colors and abstract forms are typical of Reyle’s work. Reyle takes the recognizable forms of modern abstraction and covers them in a contemporary wrapper. His use of solid colors is reminiscent of the work of Yves Klein yet his unnatural palette aggressively quotes Warhol’s silkscreens. Reyle’s sculptures, typically bronze and painted in bright metallic car paint, also purvey this conjunction of modern form with pop style. His pieces reveal a side of modernism that has been recontextualized for the contemporary world of flashy consumer products and glossy advertisements. The often elegant forms and electric color schemes of Reyle’s work draw the viewer in with an upfront display of his aesthestic while also allowing the viewer to read into his abstraction and create a personal dialogue with each piece.


Life Enigma

bronze and chrome enamel varnish, and cement base
sculpture height: 74 3/4 in. (190 cm)
base height: 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
overall height: 88 1/2 in. (224.9 cm)

$200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

15 November 2012
New York