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  • Provenance

    Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York
    Petzel Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Character Study #5

signed with the artist's initials "C.D." lower right and dated "Dec '97-Jan '98" lower left
acrylic, oil and graphite on linen
30 1/4 x 41 in. (76.8 x 104.1 cm.)
Executed in 1997-1998.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $81,250

Contact Specialist
Rebekah Bowling
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New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017