Anselm Reyle - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Galerie Giti Nourbaksch, Anselm Reyle, 7 May – 18 June, 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    Combining the romanticised systems of old masters' guilds, and the irony of Warholian assembly line pop, Anselm Reyle acts as ‘manager' of his large studio. Through his ‘hands-off' approach to making, Reyle unites aesthetic concept with this impersonal process, creating objects of contemporary chic that encapsulate a modern day ethos of sublimity via manufactured perfection. Playing on Yves Klein's blue monochromes and coated objects, Untitled's abstracted relief is created in foil, habituating the idea of ‘The Void' – a neutral zen-like platform of objective contemplation – in reflective and glitzy material. Taken from
    ‘Sure, for example did I find this cheap foil at a studio of a friend. He wanted to use it for a project but never did. Well I hope not... So I was very fascinated by this material. The quality - that it was so glossy. I've always liked the fact that you have to do very little to make it look good. In this case, you really have a lot of interesting effects created by almost nothing. All the colours reflect and also it has a very psychedelic effect when you look at it from a close distance. A bit like on an acid trip. Taken from



Aluminium foil and oil on canvas in Plexiglas box.
234 x 199cm. (92 1/8 x 78 1/4 in).

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £157,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm