Joyce Pensato - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “The great thing about Pensato’s drawings and paintings is that they are neither overtly political nor boringly literal. Emphasized by her looping, linear vocabulary, the facial contortions of Homer Simpson and Daffy Duck are funny and endearing. Wearing their hearts and souls on their faces, it is apparent that they are undergoing seismic upheavals of shock, horror, and rage. It is hard for us not to smile. Life has not been kind to these lowly creatures. Clearly, the artist has immense empathy for her bedraggled subjects, which she finds in flea markets and on eBay.
    They have seen better days.
    They may have once even been loved.”
    — John Yau, 'Paint it Black, Blacker and Blackest', Hyperallergic

    • Provenance

      Petzel Gallery, New York
      Private Collection, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Petzel Gallery, Batman Returns, 12 January – 25 February 2012


Silver Clown

signed, titled and dated 'Joyce Pensato 2011 "SILVER CLOWN"' on the reverse
enamel and metallic paint on linen
228.7 x 182.7 cm. (90 x 71 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2011.

Full Cataloguing

HK$1,200,000 - 1,800,000 

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
+852 2318 2027

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023