Georg Herold - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt

  • Exhibited

    Frankfurt, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Georg Herold – OM, 2002

  • Catalogue Essay

    Conceptually driven by rejecting traditional materials, German artist Georg Herold’s artistic practice involves the creation of sculptures, assemblages and wall-based ‘drawings’ using bricks, baking powder, wood, vodka bottles, buttons and mattresses. The present lot is an early monumental painting from the Caviar series in which the artist laboriously lays countless Beluga eggs on the canvas and then meticulously numbers each and every one of them, creating a haunting semi-abstract composition that recalls visions of the cosmos or a nuclear explosion.
    Having studied under the revolutionary German post-war artists Werner Buttner, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger, Herold has always rebelled against the established bourgeois art scene. In the spirit of the Italian Arte Povera movement, Herold exalts the artistic qualities of raw, common materials. With the Caviar paintings, Herold creates a striking abstract landscape not from the traditional mediums of paint or watercolour but using an organic, edible material, thereby provocatively reframing established categorizations found in art and everyday life.




Caviar and resin on canvas.
180 × 320 cm (71 × 126 in).
Signed and dated 'Herold 1990' on the reverse.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £121,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

17 Feb 2011