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  • Provenance

    neugerriemschneider, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Elizabeth Peyton, September 28, 2001 – January 13, 2002, p. 77 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Z. Felix, ed., Elizabeth Peyton, Hamburg, 2002, p. 77 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “By design, Elizabeth adopts historical portraits with a wild range, from those with a zing for creating carefully tailored publicity, to the grainy and grimy paparazzi snapshots. Taking them to heart, she restores them with sentiment; she creates a personal relationship with them inside the act of painting. Her voice confirms what we can see: “There is no separation for me between people I know through their music or photos,” she says, “and someone I know personally.” (Ronald Jones, A revolt from Reason, Elizabeth Peyton, Zdenek Felix ed. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany, p. 12 – 14)

    Throughout her body of work, Elizabeth Peyton successfully mediates the untouchable beauty of celebrity back into the realm of the everyday. The ease with which Peyton blurs these boundaries also applies to this phenomenon. Indeed, many of her paintings depict friends, acquaintances and artists who stake no claim to universal fame. In the present lot we see both what we might assume is a friend in real life and a reference to her other source material –a magazine in the figures hand. The image on the magazine and the seated figure are painted with equal care.


Brett and Rob New York 1999

painted in 1999
Oil on board.
14 x 16 1/2 in. (35.6 x 41.9 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Brett and Rob New York 1999” on the reverse.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York