Elizabeth Peyton - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria II Capricorno, Venice; Private collection, Italy; Private collection, Europe

  • Catalogue Essay

    “It must have been late in 1988 or perhaps it was in the year following that Elizabeth invited me to her studio to have a look. Like all the artists freshly out of school she lived in a shotgun apartment on the lower east side. She had given over the mini living room with bay windows to become her studio. Her pictures, tiny as they are, were all about, hung salon style. She was shy then, as she is shy now, and totally charming, and disarming, as she is now, and her fierce intelligence and abundant gifts she tried to disguise, but it never worked. Still doesn’t. I was nose to nose with intimate pictures of Queen Elizabeth in Cambodia, some poet I do not recall, Napoleon, and then there was my favorite painting of the lot, Francois Mitterand, the sitting French President. Hands behind my back I turned asking, “Why string together these subjects? What does it mean, how does it add up?” She glanced down upon a stack of small drawings and watercolors and all but whispered:
    “I never paint anyone I do not admire.”
    “That’s it?”
    “That’s it.”
    I worried in silence that it sounded all too flimsy. Though I did not realize it then, she was tenderly revealing to me that she created a personal affair between herself and her subjects (…).” (R. Jones, “A revolt from Reason”, Elizabeth Peyton, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2002, p.14).


Franz Ackermann 1995

painted in 1995
Oil on board.
17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.6 cm).
Signed, titled and dated "'Franz Ackermann 1995' Elizabeth Peyton 1995" on the reverse.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $204,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York