Jonas Wood - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, David Kordansky Gallery, Jonas Wood, 8 November 2014 - 12 January 2015, p. 44 (illustrated)
    New York, Anton Kern Gallery, Portraits: Jonas Wood, 8 September - 22 October 2016, p. 57 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present work exhibited during Los Angeles, David Kordansky Gallery, Jonas Wood, 8 November 2014 - 12 January 2015
    Boston-born, LA-based visual contemporary artist Jonas Wood is critically acclaimed for his instantly recognisable practice that expertly blends modernist abstraction and realist figuration. Often stylistically linked to the artistic oeuvre of American Pop artists, Wood employs a distinctively graphic aesthetic to translate our contemporary world into compositions that are simultaneously flat and dimensional. As aptly asserted by Roberta Smith, the renowned art critic of The New York Times, Jonas Wood’s practice “presents a highly personal but impersonally observed reality” (‘Paintings by Jonas Wood’, The New York Times, 11 March 2017, online). The present work, Reggie Lewis, is a compelling example from the artist’s celebrated sports card series, in which Wood absorbs and re-contextualises the format of the cheap and mass-produced popular culture memorabilia, imbuing his chosen images with an elevated stature.

    The present lot features Boston Celtics all-star player Reggie Lewis,
    Reggie Lewis
    whose number 35 jersey was retired by the club after the big-time scorer tragically passed away in 1993, aged 27 and at the midst of his stellar career. Caught mid-action with a focused expression and the ball in his hands, Wood illustrates Lewis with a geometrically stylised physique whereby details are reduced to fragmented areas of tonal variation. Set against a flat black background intercut with dashes of vibrant colour, Wood’s flattened perspective helps to obtain refined clarity overall as he transforms the trading card into a permanent ode to Lewis and his legacy.

    Wood has been honoured with solo exhibitions at prominent museums and institutions throughout his career. In the past year, this includes the Dallas Museum of Art and the Gagosian in New York. His work is also included in the permanent collections of many institutions, among them the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Hammer Museum, LA; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Museum of Modern art and Whitney Museum of Art – all in New York.

Property from an Important United States Collection


Reggie Lewis

signed with the artist's initials, dated and titled '"REGGIE LEWIS" JBPW 2014' on the reverse
oil and acrylic on canvas
198.2 x 147.2 cm. (78 x 57 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2014.

HK$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 

Sold for HK$2,250,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020