Jules de Balincourt - Contemporary Art Evening Sale New York Thursday, March 4, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Zach Feuer Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Greater New York 2005, March 13 - September 26, 2005; London, Royal Academy of Arts, USA Today, October 6 - November 4, 2006

  • Literature

    B. Nickas, “Covert Operations,” Jules de Balincourt, New York, 2005, pp. 4 and 26 (illustrated); B. Nickas, Greater New York, New York, 2005, p. 65 (illustrated); P. Eleey, “Greater New York,” Frieze, Milan, May 2005, p. 114; D. Petrovich, “Art Week: A Five-Part Review of Greater New York,” n + 1 (online content), New York, June 14, 2005; D. Petrovich, “Art Week: A Five-Part Review of Greater New York: The State of Painting,” n + 1 (online content), New York, June 17, 2005; F. K. Miller, “When Politics Become Form,” Tema Celeste, Milan, July/August 2005, p. 38 (illustrated); T. De Ruyter, “The Realistic Naivety of Jules de Balincourt,” art press, Paris, February 2006, p. 32; Royal Academy of Arts, ed., USA Today, London, 2006, p. 45 (illustrated); P. Michell, “USA Today: A political outlook emerging amongst artists,” World Socialist Web Site wsws.org (online content), November 13, 2006; M. Egan, “Art Show: Jules de Balincourt,” Elle Decor, New York, June 2009, p. 42

  • Catalogue Essay

    Painted on board, de Balincourt’s works are incised to delineate simply rendered figures and scenes. Keyed-up colors and sprayed-on stencil-like effects give the paintings a handcrafted, “innocent” style that would seem to belie their intent, appearing more to belong to the genre of folky representation than of politically inspired provocation: a kind of homespun agitprop. They sometimes take the form of sign paintings, declarative yet open to multiple readings. United We Stood, 2005 turns the post-9/11 phrase “United We Stand” back on itself, reflecting America’s strained relations with its allies and the United Nations after the invasion of Iraq. It also contains echoes of other kinds of divisiveness in the country, such as those between political factions, couples, families, and friends.
    B. Nickas, Greater New York, New York, 2005, p. 64


United We Stood


Oil and spray paint on panel.

20 x 28 in. (50.8 x 71.1 cm).

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $32,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

4 Mar 2010
New York