Gary Simmons - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "I started taking objects out of the films and creating my own visual language abstracted from these cartoons. It has become more fragmented and more my own as I have done the drawings. Now instead of the whole frog, it’s just the mouth. Instead of Bosko, it’s just his cookies. In the drawings, I’ve placed markers of the violence done to Black people both in the creation of these images and in life as I manipulate this language: The cookies hang from a noose; I only draw the mouths or eyes."
    —Gary Simmons

    • Provenance

      Simon Watson, New York
      Private Collection (acquired from above)
      Metro Pictures, New York (acquired from above)
      Private Collection (acquired from above)
      Thence by descent to the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Directions: Gary Simmons, November 17, 1994–February 12, 1995, n.p. (illustrated, front cover)
      New York, The Contemporary, Gary Simmons, 1995
      Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, No Place (Like Home), March 9–June 8, 1997, p. 80 (illustrated)

    • Literature

      Tom Eccles, "Gary Simmons at The Contemporary and Metro Pictures," Art in America, July 1995, p. 83
      Avery F. Gordon, "Making Pictures of Ghosts: the Art of Gary Simmons," Social Identities, volume 5, number 1, 1999, pp. 108, 109 (illustrated, p. 108 with incorrect orientation)
      Alexander Ferrando and Manuela Mozo, Gary Simmons: Paradise, Bologna, 2013, pp. 62, 203 (illustrated, p. 62)


Black Chalkboard (Yo, Ho, Ho)

signed and dated "G Simmons 93" on the reverse
chalk on slate-painted fiberboard and wood
48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
Executed in 1993.

Full Cataloguing

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $50,400

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Patrizia Koenig
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022