Fredrik Værslev - Contemporary Art and Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance


  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Tanya Leighton Gallery, THE CONFIDENCE-MAN, Curated by Gianni Jetzer, April 30 - June 25, 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, Untitled, 2011 is a dazzling example from Fredrik Værslev’s renowned series of terrazzo paintings. Exploring his continued interest in the elements of suburban life Værslev’s terrazzos reference the composite material used to create floors or patios found in Værslev’s childhood home in Malmö, Sweden. These patios or terrazzos are created by the “layering of marble chips mixed with clay, water and goat’s milk that is repeatedly sanded, reduced and layered again.” (STANDARD (OSLO), Press Release, FREDRIK VÆRSLEV "I'M GONNA KEEP A HAPPY THOUGHT AND ASSUME THIS IS JUST A NEGOTIATION TACTIC,”2010) Værslev’s interest in re-creating this suburban flooring on canvas using industrial spray paints is to explore the weathering effects imposed on these kinds of outdoor surfaces over time. In an effort to accelerate the accumulation of wear onto the surface of his terrazzos, Værslev leaves the works outside, exposed to the elements in order to monitor the changes forced upon the surface. The result, as seen in the present lot, is an astounding display of cohesive abstractions. The speckled, pale colors of forest green, creamy white and cement grey dance upon a background of exposed linen. The composition sits firmly between the spontaneity of artistic abstraction and the overcast tones of the residential quotidian.



spray paint, house paint, enamel paint, white spirit on canvas
76 3/4 x 57 in. (194.9 x 144.8 cm)
Signed and dated "Fredrik Værslev 2011" on the reverse.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $68,750

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Contemporary Art and Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 3 March 2015 6pm