Kendell Geers - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 15, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    New York, Luhring Augustine, Untitled Sculpture, January 8 - February 12, 2000; Accra, National Museum of Ghana, South Meets West, November 9 - December 5, 19

  • Literature

    L. Barbier, Kendell Geers: My Tongue in Your Cheek, Paris, 2002, pp. 154-155 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kendell Geers’ works are not simply videos, but sculptural pieces that create a total immersive environment. His works are about creating a physical presence rather than depicting it. The present lot, as in much of Geers’ art, operates on the edge between breaking down and holding together. He is interested in visceral, raw emotion where words fail. In Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, 1999, actor Harvey Keitel, screaming in anguish, is projected simultaneously on twelve monitors, while the cables and wires entangle the monitors and are strewn across the floor. The emotional disorientation of the fractured, agonized, repetitive sound is echoed between the two components.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea


12 video tapes, monitors and VCR’s, wooden palettes, power strips and electrical cable.

91 x 48 1/4 x 40 1/8 in. (231.1 x 122.5 x 101.9 cm) stacked monitors; 39 1/2 x 48 1/4 x 40 1/8 in. (99 x 122.5 x 101.9 cm) single monitor on pallets; installation dimensions variable.

This work is an edition of three.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $61,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York