Guyton\Walker - Contemporary Art and Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Greene Naftali, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    “We were trying to find a form and a vocabulary that was truly collaborative…..We didn't want the works to have elements that were identifiably Guyton or Walker, but became instead the work of a third artist”
    Guyton\Walker, 2005

    Guyton\Walker, the collaborative pursuit of Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker, seeks to “conflate conventions of art and design to suggest the possibility that things-mass produced might now be the most recognizably Art-infused of all.” (Greene Naftali Gallery, Guyton\Walker: The Failever of Judgment Part III (Press Release), 2005)

    Store-bought gallons of paint, covered with Guyton\Wade’s inkjet-printed labels, act as easels to support their paintings of digitally altered, appropriated images such as the present lot which depicts the “gothic Ketel One Vodka advertising campaign.” The juxtaposition of layered silkscreened and inkjet-printed images created by Guyton\Walker is evocative of the compositions found in the works of the Russian Constructivists and Suprematists while simultaneously referencing the factory-like process favored by Warhol. In the present lot, strips of the Ketel One advertisement have been shredded, as if tattered and torn by the ominous knife which slices through the picture plane.

    Incorporating several digital platforms to produce the paintings, Guyton\Walker’s “practice toes the line between construction and deconstruction by altering, dismantling, and composing the distinct products of intentionality and chance” (LA><ART, Guyton/Walker (Press Release), 2008). Together, Guyton/Kelley reveals “a more complex understanding of the roles that authorship and authenticity play within the systems of distribution, production, and reception of artworks, histories, and collaborations.” (Greene Naftali Gallery, 2005)


Untitled (Ketel 1 Knife Painting)

silkscreen, inkjet on canvas
48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
Signed and dated "Guyton \ Walker 05" on the reverse.

$90,000 - 120,000 

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Contemporary Art and Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 3 March 2015 6pm