Daniel Arsham - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Daniel Arsham’s Chair exudes from the wall in a bewildering and imaginative spin on reality. From the artist’s Architecture Anomalies series, the present work exemplifies Arsham's interest in stretching and reshaping architectural forms. In the series Arsham sculpts directly into walls and ceilings, experimenting with domestic forms such as chairs, clocks, bowties and even human figures that appear to be pulling forth solid structures with unexpected plasticity. In its unsettling of space, the work responds to Arsham’s traumatic childhood experience of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, in which his family narrowly survived the catastrophic hurricane but their Miami home was destroyed. Considering the influence of this event on Arsham’s unique visual lexicon, Steven Matijcio describes, “the wreckage he experienced fundamentally altered the perceived solidity of both the buildings and bodies we live.” In the present work, the immersive installation of the 1890s Mission chair transforms viewers' perception of space as stable walls suddenly seem capable of bursting forth with fabric-like fluidity.

    • Description

      Please note that this Lot is located in Miami. If you wish to inspect the work in person prior to bidding, please contact Laura Bishai (lbishai@phillips.com) to arrange a viewing.

    • Provenance

      Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Miami, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Guild, May 12–July 21, 2007

    • Literature

      Daniel Arsham, Paris and Miami, 2008, pp. 68–69 (illustrated, p. 69)
      Dana Tomić Hughes, “Daniel Arsham,” Yellowtrace, March 4, 2011, online (illustrated)
      Stefania Vourazeri, “The AR(chi)Tecture of Daniel Arsham,” Yatzer, March 14, 2011, online (illustrated)
      Daniel Arsham, New York, 2012, pp. 20–21 (illustrated, p. 20)
      “Sculptures by Daniel Arsham,” Juxtapoz, May 7, 2013, online (illustrated)
      Virgil Abloh, Steven Matijcio and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Arsham, New York, 2018, pp. 194–195 (illustrated, p. 195)



1890's mission chair, joint compound, plywood, EPS foam, plaster gauze and paint
56 x 70 x 31 in. (142.2 x 177.8 x 78.7 cm)
Executed in 2007.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023