Carroll Dunham - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
    Sonnabend Gallery, New York
    Skarstedt Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Chicago
    Private Collection
    Phillips, New York, November 8, 2015, lot 44
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Skarstedt Gallery, Carroll Dunham: Paintings on Wood 1982 - 1987, February 19 - April 19, 2008, p. 121 (illustrated, p. 113)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "What these paintings add up to is a kind of delirious, barely contained psychic pluralism. Various dualities and contradictions play out: between wood and paint; abstraction and representation; geometry and biology; the phallic and the vaginal; body and mind; nature and culture." Kirk Johnson, "Suggestive Forms That Come Out of the Plywoodwork", The New York Times, March 25, 2008, online

  • Artist Biography

    Carroll Dunham

    American • 1949

    Satire and sexuality meet Carroll Dunham's vivid brush in the artist's often large-scale fantasy worlds. His eye-popping cartoonish veneer takes a cue from Philip Guston while his primitive "visual language" of faceless figures continues a long line of tradition—think back to Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

    Though Dunham jumps between abstraction, figuration, pop, surrealism and cartoon, his works almost exclusively center on the subject of women's sexuality. He also favors painting, though he has delved into prints, works-on-paper and sculpture. His paintings can be seen as contemporary variations on nineteenth-century portraiture of women bathing, injected with similar concerns of those classical and early modernist artists.

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Body of Knowledge

signed and dated "Carroll Dunham May 1985 - March 1987" lower right; further signed, titled, inscribed and dated ""Body of Knowledge" 1985-1987 N.Y.C. Carroll Dunham” on the reverse
mixed media on assorted wood veneers
63 x 37 in. (160 x 94 cm.)
Executed in 1985-87.

$200,000 - 300,000 

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019