David Salle - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    David Salle has taken the device of pastiche, which is central to modern art, and made it both the form and content of his work. His canvases are populated with dramatic images lifted from sources as various as his own black-and-white photographs, eighteenth through twentieth century French and American painting, print advertising from the fifties, and ‘how to draw’ manuals. Their juxtaposition gives his paintings a mystery and charge which intrigued the art world in the eighties and made him, along with Julian Schnabel, the ‘stars’ of what is known as ‘postmodern’ or ‘neo-expressionist’ art. Salle’s paintings capture impressions of the detached observer, where intellectualism and eroticism are gathered, interwoven and implied, but never inserted by the artist into a comfortable vision of a coherent universe. In this way he reflects the ongoing modern preoccupation with the problem of reconciling one’s individuality with the constant input of images and ideas from the outside, media-dominated world. Taken from www.broadartfoundation.org


Pastoral with Nude

Oil on canvas.
183 x 244 cm. (72 x 96 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘David Salle “Pastoral with Nude” 1999’ on the reverse.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £84,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm