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

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, 25 September 2013, lot 17
    Acquired at the above sale 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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I can go steady with any girl I please

signed and dated 'Daniel Colen 2008-2009' on the backboard
chewing gum and Bazooka Joe wrappers on canvas, in artist's frame
60.6 x 51.4 cm (23 7/8 x 20 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2008-09.

£18,000 - 25,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020