Derrick Adams - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Luxembourg & Dayan, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Brooklyn, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Human-Nature, 16 February - 24 March 2019
    Tel Aviv, Nassima Landau, High Voltage, 20 November 2020 - 15 January 2021

  • Artist Biography

    Derrick Adams

    American • 1970

    Through the mediums of collage, video, sculpture and drawing, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams explores the way mass media affects identity, particularly in the context of African Americans in contemporary culture.

    In his collage works mimicking television screens, Adams takes his source imagery from screen captures of old clips from YouTube, which he then uses as reference. “The images come from…everything from ‘Good Times’ to ‘Coming to America’ to Oprah on the news…These images I’m taking from all these shows—from comedy to news or whatever—all are representations of black characterization…These images can be problematic because they’re such a high-animated state that they become more like caricatures of themselves”. In rendering these reference images with blocks of color, Adams confronts the media’s deconstruction of reality. 

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Interior Life (Figure 13)

signed and dated 'Adams 2019' on the reverse
acrylic, graphite and fabric collage on paper
61 x 46 cm (24 x 18 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2019.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £25,200

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Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Director, Head of Day Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 April 2021