Johanna Calle - Latin America New York Monday, May 23, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galería Casas Riegner, Bogota
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Caracas, Faría & Fábregas Galería, Contables, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a prime example of Johanna Calle’s masterful draughtsmanship. Born in 1965 in Bogota, Calle studied at the Talleres Artístico, Universidad de los Andes and later received her MFA from Chelsea College of Art. Her early artistic practice was comprised primarily of oil paintings, but in 1994 she abandoned this medium completely and dedicated herself solely to drawing. Calle often uses industrial materials such as copper cable and iron metal lattice as a means of rendering her works, at once examining and challenging the concept of drawing. In this early and important work, Contables (2004), Calle has chosen the traditional media of ink on paper. The series is comprised of 30 unique drawings. Each drawing is a distortion of a chart. The artist interrupts the lines of the chart and ruptures the geometric form. While these precise renderings appear delicate and fragile, they evoke themes of instability and destruction, referencing the reality of everyday life in Colombia.



pencil and ink on paper, in 30 parts
each: 8 1/8 x 11 1/2 in. (20.6 x 29.2 cm)
Each signed, titled and dated "Johanna Calle - Contables - 2004" on the reverse.

$70,000 - 100,000 

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Latin America

New York Auction 23 May 2016