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  • Provenance

    Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Chez Valentin, Know What They Mean?, 10 December 2005 - 7 January 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jim Lambie's striking sculptures and installations reference popular culture, music and the everyday. Using a diverse range of materials and found objects, the Scottish artist blurs the boundaries between furniture, design and art to create works which play on the tensions between dualities such as art and craft, or decoration and function. The Doors presents a contorted, brightly coloured door, one of his recurrent motifs, wedged between the gallery floor and the wall. Stripped of its utilitarian purpose, Lambie's door becomes a fetishistic artefact, a reclassified object which has been granted a heightened aesthetic presence.
    "Dismembered doors, cut up and folded in on themselves also bear mirrored surfaces in a crude visual pun, in part after William Blake (‘If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.' William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1793), albeit via Aldous Huxley's Doors of Perception (1954), in turn via Jim Morrison's The Doors – and more particularly, via a much replayed performance of the band's Light My Fire on the Ed Sullivan Show, when the band performed on a studio set dressed with hanging household doors." (Rob Tufnell, ‘Psychedelic Soul', in Jim Lambie: Voidoid, Glasgow, pp. 49 – 51)


The Doors

Wood, household gloss paint and mirrored Perspex.
134.7 x 84.5 x 10 cm (53 x 33 1/4 x 4 in).

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £27,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010