Self-portrait

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  • Provenance

    Olivier Renaud-Clément, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    This self-portrait, made by the internationally renowned Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer, comes from a series of black and white photographs with overpainting that depict the artist in extreme and irrational emotional states. As with the performances by artists associated with Viennese Actionism, the movement made famous and infamous for its emphasis on raw, physical and emotional outbursts, it engages the viewer with an intense experience of primitive sensation.

    Rainer received the Great Austrian National Prize in 1978, and was the Austrian representative at the Venice Biennale in 1978 and 1980. In 1993 the Ayn Foundation opened the Arnulf Rainer Museum on 545 West 22nd Street in New York City.

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THE ARC OF PHOTOGRAPHY: A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

Self-portrait

1969-1970
Unique gelatin silver print with oil paint.
23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (59.7 x 49.5 cm).
Signed and annotated in wax pencil on the recto.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $16,250

The Arc of Photography...

4 October 2011 6PM
New York