Florian Maier-Aichen - Photographs New York Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    303 Gallery, New York; Private Collection, New York

  • Literature

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Florian Maier-Aichen, p. 14

  • Catalogue Essay

    In his massive-scale vistas, Florian Maier-Aichen appropriates and adds a contemporary approach to the Romantic period’s philosophy of the Sublime. In contrast with discussion of the Beautiful, discourse surrounding the Sublime was distinguished by its dual invocation of horror and delight, at once appearing as menacing, ominous and terrifying as inspiring, humbling and invigorating. Emphasis was on the tremendous, overpowering effect of nature, and the diminishing proportion of Mankind by comparison. Mt. Williamson, the second highest mountain in California, is shown triumphantly hovering over the subdued urban grid sprawled at its feet, its electric blue aura emitting a sci-fi glow across the sky, evoking a mesmerizing sense of awe in grandeur, timelessness and near-miraculous appearance.



Color coupler print, Diasec mounted.
69 x 89 1/2 in. (175.3 x 227.3 cm).
Signed and numbered 6/6 in ink on the reverse of the frame.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $104,500


9 April 2011
New York