Donald Moffett - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • "To show mercy is to show compassion when it is possible to harm; it is a simple, human gesture, but during the AIDS crisis, it became a desperate plea—for medicine, for government assistance, for support, for understanding, for prevention.


    A single illuminated rose represents a thousand lives lost to AIDS in the United States. Donald Moffett installed one hundred identical Mercys in the New Museum’s 1991 exhibition The Interrupted Life: one hundred thousand deaths, and the number kept growing. In visualizing loss, Mercy offers a way to comprehend death in numbers otherwise unfathomable." —Tang Teaching Museum


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Translucent circular photograph mounted on a lightbox.
13 7/8 x 13 7/8 x 4 in. (35.2 x 35.2 x 10.2 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 14/100 in black ink on the reverse, published by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

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$800 - 1,200 

Sold for $318

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Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction

6 - 13 September 2023