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  • Provenance

    James Cohan Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    “My work kept getting flatter and flatter, and I started thinking about the pre-modernist ideal of painting as a window into an alternate reality. I started seeing lots of comparisons between the utopian aspects of art and the utopian counter culture and also seeing the dystopic side as well. I felt that painting could be both a window and a mirror to the world. It’s important to remember that I entered the art world as it was imploding into post-modernism and I was coming into the counter culture as it was collapsing into disco and cocaine. There was all this failure and loss of idealism and I was interested in digging through the rubble to see if there was anything worth keeping.” (Fred Tomaselli, in an interview with Chris Martin, The Brooklyn Rail, New York, Winter 2003)

31

Colorado River

1993
Oil and resin on board with hemp leaves and pills including Asprin and Tums tablets.
72 x 54 x 2 3/8 in. (182.9 x 137.2 x 6 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “ ‘Colorado River, 1993 April’ ’Fred Tomaselli’ ” on the reverse.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $192,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York