John Baldessari - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips

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  • "During the 1980s, his fascination with the power of the cut became central, as photographs were cut up and into compulsively. These cuts included reframing the photograph, decapitating the figures in the photo, reducing the figures to silhouettes, flat outlines, or areas of color, and recontextualizing each image in relation to other images, slicing at its specificity until narrative fell away. His work demonstrates the ways in which the ideas derived from this exploration of photography—that meaning is generated through breaks and sutures, cuts and contiguities—extend to include all images, and indeed, thought itself."
    —Leslie Dick

    • Provenance

      Sonnabend Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Sonnabend Gallery, John Baldessari, September 22–October 13, 1990
      Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, Image Makers, October 3, 1993–January 2, 1994, pp. 25, 59 (illustrated, p. 25)

    • Literature

      Patrick Pardo and Robert Dean, eds., John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné Volume Three: 1987–1993, New Haven, 2015, no. 1990.51, p. 236 (illustrated)

Property of an Important New York Estate


Two Figures (Red) and Two Figures (Green) in Different Environments (Food)

color photograph with acrylic and vinyl, in artist's frame, in 2 parts
upper 43 3/8 x 64 1/4 in. (110.2 x 163.2 cm)
lower 47 1/4 x 61 1/4 in. (120 x 155.6 cm)
installation dimensions 85 3/4 x 106 3/4 in. (217.8 x 271.1 cm)

Executed in 1990.

Full Cataloguing

$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for $478,800

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session, New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021