Jens Lorenzen - NOW: Art of the 21st Century Theme Sale New York Friday, March 5, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Keszler Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    In his series, Die Mauer (The Wall), the German artist, Jens Lorenzen pays a unique homage to the Berlin Wall.  The works in this series are meant to give the impression of an actual wall and can be seen either as a unit or as individual elements.  The collaged appearance of the works are meant to reflect the paint chipping off the many images that were displayed on the colorful west side of the Berlin Wall (in contrast, the east side was barren, a reflection of the difference between the two societies of Germany.)  Lorenzen’s use of brand names - in these three paintings most notably Prince Cigarettes, Ritter Sport and Marlboro – echo Andy Warhol.  Much like with Warhol, despite the brands’ internationally recognized names, the importance of Lorenzen’s work lies not just in the images themselves but in the way he chooses to alter and present them.  Lorenzen doesn’t focus solely on consumerism but also includes references to the German version of the American comic series, Prince Valiant (Prinz Eisenherz) and the logo from the British Daily Express.

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Die Mauer IV (The Wall IV)

2008 - 2009
Oil on canvas.
39 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (100.3 x 69.9 cm) each; 39 1/2 x 82 1/2 in. (100.3 x 209.6 cm).
Each panel is signed, titled and dated “JL09 Jens Lorenzen ‘Mauer IV’ (Element +4 Zapata) Berlin 2009”; “JL09 Jens Lorenzen ‘Mauer IV’ (Element +5 Ritter Sport) Berlin 2009”; “JL09 Jens Lorenzen ‘Mauer IV’ (Element +6 Marlboro) Berlin 2009”.

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,750

NOW: Art of the 21st Century Theme Sale

6 March 2010
New York