Florian Maier-Aichen - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 16, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Blum & Poe, Florian Maier-Aichen, 3 July - 14 August, 2004 (another example exhibited); London, Royal Academy of Arts, USA Today: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, 6 October - 4 November, 2006 (another example exhibitied)

  • Literature

    D. Faconti, ed., Blind Spot, Florian Maier-Aichen, Summer 2005 (illustrated); P. Plagens, 'Madison Avenue Ennui,' in Art in America, New York, June/July 2006, p. 78 (illustrated); Exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, USA Today: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, London, 2006, p. 231 (illustrated);

  • Catalogue Essay

    Untitled (Saddle Peak) is one of Florian Maier-Aichen's most impressive, accomplished and beautiful images. Although originally based upon a photograph of the Saddle Peak Hills in the Southern California desert, Maier-Aichen's representation, with its mesmerizing tonal reversal effect, reveals a poetic rather than scientific truth. In fact, from afar, it rather resembles a Mark Rothko White Center painting than a photograph. A wizard capable of turning the real into the sublime, Florian Maier-Aichen digitally manipulates his raw images to create an oeuvre that is as painterly as it is photographic.
    'Florian Maier Aichen's photographic work portrays natural, industrial, and cultural landscapes with stylized eccentricity. By employing the tropes of documentary photography in unconventional ways, Maier-Aichen creates sublime images rich with reference and allusion. His photographs of the California coast, the Alps, and other locales are openly beautiful and seductive in their saturated hues and expansive views. However, these and other works depicting melting cathedrals, failed industry and tragic ghost ships are also nuanced with subtle disquiet and criticality.' (R. Morse, Ecstatic Truth: The Photography of Florian Maier-Aichen, in exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA Focus: Florian Maier-Aichen, Los Angeles, 2007, p. 13)       


Untitled (Saddle Peak)

Chromogenic print in the artist's wooden frame.
228.6 x 182.9 cm. (90 x 72 in).
Signed and dated 'Florian Maier-Aichen, 2004' and numbered of two artist's proofs on the reverse. This work is from an edition of six plus two artist's proofs.

£60,000 - 80,000 ♠ †

Sold for £103,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

17 Oct 2009