Jiri Georg Dokoupil - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Munich

  • Exhibited

    Madrid, Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Dokoupil, February 7 – March 15, 1989; Vienna, Museum Moderner Kunst- Stiftlung Ludwig Wien, Palais Lichtenstein, Jiri Georg Dukoupil- Something Stange and Fantastic, June 27 – August 31, 1997; Oostende, Museum voor moderne Kunst, René Magritte et L’Art Contemporain, April 4 – June 28, 1998; Madrid, Museo National de Arte Reina Sofìa, Palacio de Velàzquez, Dokoupil, Dear Art Lover, I am a Central European artist, May 23 – August 13, 2000; Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, Jiri Georg Dokoupil Blick ins. 21 Jahrhundert, March 3 – May 20, 2002; Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Dokoupil – Malerei im 21. Jahrundert. Werkschau 1981-2005, April 28 – August 28, 2005

  • Literature

    G. Delgado, Dokoupil, Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, 1989, no. 13, p. 59 (illustrated); J. Dokoupil, L. Hegyi, U. Todorff, Jiri Georg Dokoupil- Something Strange and Fantastic, Vienna, 1997, p. 26 (illustrated in black and white); A. Chillida, J. Dokoupil, Ch. Dominguez, and C. Ortega, Dokoupil – Dear art lover, I am a Central European artst, Madrid, 2000, p. 117 (illustrated); C. Ahrens and J. Dokoupil, “Jiri Georg Dokoupil Blick ins 21. Jahrhundert”, Hannover, 2002, no. 12, p. 53 (illustrated); R. Fleck, T. Hoppe, et. al., “Dokoupil- Malerei im 21. Jahrundert”, DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag, Hamburg, 2005, no. 105, p. 230 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in Krnov, Czechoslovkia, Jiri Georg Dokoupil moved to Germany in 1968. In 1980 he founded a group with fellow artists Walter Dahn, Hans Peter Adamski, Peter Boemmels, Gerhard Kever and Gerhard Naschberger, sharing a studio in the Deutz district of Cologne. His artistic community quickly became known as “Mülheimer Freiheit” for the street in which they held their studio. The milieu paid witness to other contemporary artistic movements, among them the figurative works of Enzo Cucchi, Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente in Italy and David Salle and Julian Schnabel in New York. Dokoupil positioned himself amongst the Postmodernist scene by working exclusively in one thematic series at a time, inventing new iconography and abandoning it after a few months of devotion to the subject. The present lot, from the Pacifier Series, painted in 1984, derives from one of these passionate bouts, in which Dokoupil works the small canvas with symbols of childhood (pacifier) and adulthood (cigarette), virginal existence and the temptations faced by stimulants. The Pacifier Series is one of the artist’s most admired work-groups, of the seven known paintings belonging to this series all reside in private German collections.


Zigarette mit Streichhölzern (aus der Schnuller-Bilder Serie) [Cigarette with Matches (from the Pacifier Series)]

Acrylic on canvas.
90 5/8 x 90 5/8 in. (230.1 x 230.1 cm).

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $312,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York