Bernard Frize - 20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York New York Thursday, December 7, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “The subject of my work is not to create processes and rules – they are just ways of doing my work or fueling my desire to work, painting is a way of exploring ideas and embodying them, so that they can be seen and shared.” i
    —Bernard Frize

    “I like that there are decisions, and that these decisions can be contradicted, that they are in perpetual negotiation and that these negotiations are visible to viewers… Above all, it is important to me that it has more to say on an intellectual level.” ii
    —Bernard Frize


    i Bernard Frize, quoted in Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle, “For French Artist Bernard Frize, Painting Is All About Not Making Choices And Not Expressing Himself,” Forbes, November 7, 2019, online.

    ii Bernard Frize, quoted in Henri-Francois Debailleux, “Bernard Frize on the Contradiction of Painting,” Ocula, May 10, 2023, online.

    • Provenance

      Simon Lee Gallery, London
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2014

    • Exhibited

      London, Simon Lee Gallery, Colour Divides, May 23–June 25, 2014



signed, titled, inscribed and dated "2014 027 Sadi Bernard Frize" on the overlap
acrylic and resin on canvas
70 7/8 x 63 in. (180 x 160 cm)
Executed in 2014.

Full Cataloguing

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $48,260

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20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York

7 - 14 December 2023