Francis Alÿs - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Turin

  • Exhibited

    Walking Distance from the Studio, Wolfsburg: KunstmuseumWolfsburg 4 September – 28 November 2004, then travelled to Nantes:Musée des Beaux-Arts (8 January – 28 March 2005), Barcelona, Museo d’ArtContemporani de Barcelona (26 May – 29 August 2005), Mexico City: AntiguoColegio de San Ildefonso (1 March – 4 June 2006); Francis Alÿs: (to be continued),1992, Auckland: ARTSPACE 15 October – 19 November 2005; Roaming Memories,Aachen: Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst 8 October – 20 November 2005;Realit;-)t 30 Videoarbeiten aus der Sammlung Goetz München Pfäfflikon:Seedamm Kulturzentrum 28 August – 23 October 2005; GOETZ MEETSFALCKENBERG: Works from the Goetz Collection and the Falckenberg Collection,Hamburg, Sammlung Falckenberg, 4 November 2005 – 30 April 2006; Raconte-Moi. Tell me: Quebec, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 6 October2005 – 9 April 2006, then travelled to Luxemburg, Casino Luxembourg – Forumd’art contemporain (10 June – 10 September 2006); Amsterdam, StedelijkMuseum, Mapping the City, 2 February – 20 May 2007; Munich, Sammlung Goetz,Francis Alÿs, 26 May – 11 October 2008

  • Literature

    Fast forward. Media Art Sammlung Goetz,, ZKM IZentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, 2003, pp. 66–67;Arno Orzessek, ‘Sisyphos mit totem Käfer’, in Süddeutsche Zeitung,4–5 September 2004, p. 17; Heiko Klass, ‘Francis Alÿs’, in Artist Kunstamagazine,no. 4, 2004, pp. 42–54; Francis Alÿs: Walking Distance from the Studio,, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, 2004, n.p; GOETZ MEETSFALCKENBERG: Works from the Goetz Collection and the Falckenberg Collection,
    exh. cat. Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg 2005, pp. 92–93; Raconte-Moi.Tell me, exh. cat., Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, 2005, p. 22;
    Diez Cuadras Alrededor del Estudio. Walking Distance from the Studio, exh. cat.,Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, 2006, pp. 24–25; Francis Alÿs,London: Phaidon Press, 2007, p. 20; Francis Alÿs, exh. cat., Sammlung Goetz,München, 2008, pp. 130–31 and 149

  • Artist Biography

    Francis Alÿs

    Belgian / Mexican • 1959

    Born in Belgium, Francis Alÿs traveled to Mexico in 1986 as part of a French program to assist in the aftermath of the tragic 1985 earthquake, and has lived there ever since. Throughout his career, the artist has analyzed facets of everyday urban life using a variety of media including video, drawing, installation and public action. Sign Painting Project (1993-'97) is a prime example of the artist's interest in the sprawling urbanization of Mexico City. In this early series, Alÿs drew inspiration from professional Mexican sign painters (rotúlistas) who painted large billboard advertisements throughout the city. In response to these large colorful compositions, Alÿs employed a similar style in creating small-scale paintings of familiar objects and places.  Alÿs asked various rotúlistas to copy and enlarge his paintings, displaying his work and that of the rotúlista side-by-side. This series, like many of Alÿs' other works, illustrates the artist's concerns with such themes as collaboration, banality and originality.

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80 photographic slides and carousel.
Dimensions variable.
This workis from an edition of 4 plus 1 artist’s proof plus 1 exhibition copy and isaccompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £46,850

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 October 2011