Christian Boltanski - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Festival d'automne, 1 October - 9 November 1986 (another variant exhibited)
    New York, Marian Goodman Gallery, Christian Boltanski, December 1987 - January 1988 (another variant exhibited)
    Bern, Kunstmuseum, Die Gleichzeitigkeit des Anderen, 21 March - 14 June 1987, pp. 178-179 (another variant exhibited and illustrated)
    Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, The New Museum of Contemporary Art; Vancouver Art Gallery; C.A., Berkeley, University Art Museum; Toronto, The Power Plant, Christian Boltanski: Lessons of Darkness, 1987-1988, pl. 28-30, p. 77 (other variants exhibited and illustrated, pp. 78-80)
    Hamburger Kunsthalle, Inventar, 30 June - 25 August 1991 (another variant exhibited and illustrated, p. 102)
    Paris, Tornabuoni Art, Tout feu tout flamme, 5 October 2012 - 22 December 2012, pp. 72-73 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    El Caso, exh. cat., Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 1988, p. 62 (another variant illustrated)
    Lynn Gumpert, Christian Boltanski, Paris, 1994, p. 94 (other variants illustrated, pp. 76, 82, 92-93)
    Didier Semin, Tamar Garb and Donald Kuspit, Christian Boltanski, London, 1997 (another variant illustrated, inside cover and pp. 24-25)
    Julie Rouart, ed., Christian Boltanski, Paris, 2011, pp. 54-55 (another variant illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    'A good work of art can never be read in one way. My work is full of contradictions. An artwork is open - it is the spectators looking at the work who make the piece, using their own background. A lamp in my work might make you think of a police interrogation, but it's also religious, like a candle.' Christian Boltanski


Shadows from the Lessons of Darkness

oxidized copper, wire, tin, candles and wax, in 6 parts
smallest figure 9.5 x 5.4 cm (3 3/4 x 2 1/8 in.)
largest figure 14 x 6.9 cm (5 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
overall installation dimensions variable

Executed in 1987, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £22,500

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Tamila Kerimova

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019