Haim Steinbach - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Klagenfurt, Kärtner Landesgalerie at the Kunsthalle, Haim Steibach, March – May, 1994; Vienna, Kunsthalle, Tele(visions), 2002

  • Literature

    Klagenfurt, Kärtner Landesgalerie at the Kunsthalle, Haim Steinbach, March – May, 1994, p. 159 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout the 1980s, Steinbach explored the theme of the shelf, that humble device used for the display of objects. Like a contemporary archaeologist, he used shelves to present things taken from daily life. The works in this series underline the aesthetic aspects of the objects, somehow highlighting each element’s erotic value. The artist’s decision to display similar items side by side, arranged according to the objects’ social or cultural connotations, was intended to provoke what Steinbach terms “psychological anxiety” and to question the nature of contemporary fetishes. Steinbach’s works are designed for specific exhibition spaces, sometimes responding to existing signs and sometimes contradicting the site with a kind of visual interference.


pop art I-2

One Bart Simpson latex mask on mount and four ceramic mugs on laminated wooden shelf.
45 x 28 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (114.3 x 73 x 64.8 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Steinbach ’90 I-2” on the reverse of shelf. This work is unique from a series of three similar works.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £33,600

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm