Kelley Walker - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
    Gallery Peztel, Berlin
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, Belvedere 21st House and The Winterpalais, Love Story, 15 June – 5 October 2014, exh. cat. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Appropriating material from the public domain is Kelley Walker’s expertise. Untitled consists of collaged magazine pages, covered with a horizontal pattern of white bricks. The painting is further disrupted by a vertical band with a diagonal stripe of grey bricks, resulting in a colossal flat structure that conveys a sense of three-dimensionality. Through the repurposing of printed iconic cultural images, Walker criticises the banality of information in Western society and denounces modern consumerism and the supreme force of advertising and media.

    Kelley Walker's now famed brick paintings explore the intersection between authorship and reproduction, as well as the manipulation of images. Walker’s process consists in scanning bricks he purchased online, and then stacking and silk-screening each individual image. The four-colour printing model used by the post-conceptual artist is known as CMYK. The technique used by Walker since 2005, connects and unifies the layer of magazine pages with the layer of silkscreened bricks, creating a medium that questions the limitations and ambiguous distinction between analog and digital technologies in fine art.



signed and dated twice 'Kelley 2009' on the reverse
silkscreen, collage and acrylic on canvas
243.8 x 88.9 cm. (96 x 35 in.)
Executed in 2009.

£100,000 - 150,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London Auction 8 March 2017 5pm GMT