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  • Provenance

    Max Protetch, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Paternity Test (Self-portrait with Parents), a unique work from Manglano-Ovalle’s groundbreaking DNA-Portrait series, uses genomic technology to critique the infamous tradition of casta (caste) painting in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Spain. During that time, Spanish colonials commissioned casta paintings to illustrate the different racial “mixtures” that were developing in the New World. Himself a Spanish immigrant, Manglano-Ovalle’s work frequently explores issues of race and acculturation in the United States, of which Paternity Test (Self-portrait with Parents), is an example.


Paternity Test (self-portrait with parents)

Triptych: color photographs mounted to Plexiglas.
63 x 20 in. (160 x 50.8 cm) - 70 x 20 in. (177.8 x 50.8 cm) each.
Each signed “Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle” on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is from an edition of one plus one artist’s proof.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $16,250

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York