Dan Colen - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Dan Colen

    American • 1979

    American artist Dan Colen has spent most of his career asking himself questions about the editorial decisions artists have to make when creating a scene from scratch on canvas. In his early work, Colen painted mundane interiors punctuated with fantastical elements. This manifested as part of a growing curiosity in the ethereal or divine intervention.

    Colen subsequently stepped away from paint as material and started using found objects as mediums with which to paint. Among these, Colen has used chewing gum, street trash, confetti, feathers, flowers and dirt. This methodology allows Colen to abandon control and create in a more free-form, subconscious manner.

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Smoke Em If You Got Em

glass, copper, aluminium, rubber filled with cement, rubber filled with silicone and spray paint on cardboard box with tape reinforced with MDF, in 10 parts
smallest part (green rubber) 8.5 x 11.8 x 14 cm (3 3/8 x 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
largest part (yellow glass) 8.5 x 53.5 x 46.5 cm (3 3/8 x 21 1/8 x 18 1/4 in.)
cardboard box 45.8 x 54 x 48.3 cm (18 x 21 1/4 x 19 in.)
overall installation dimensions variable

Executed in 2013.

£3,500 - 4,000 

Sold for £2,520

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director

20th Century & Contemporary Art

+44 20 7318 4065

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020