Kitty Kraus - Contemporary Art Part II New York Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Neu, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kraus’ more recent ‘mirror lamps’ (2007–ongoing) are a step toward spectacle, compared with the modesty of her other works. At first these lamps – mirrored cubes illuminated from inside with small gaps at the seams, which cast complex patterns of light around the room – seem to allude to the transcendent beauty or optical magic of Olafur Eliasson’s mirror pieces or his frequent use of reflected light. But Kraus’ optical devices are self-effacing and transitory. Like the ice lamps, they are auto-destructive devices, orchestrating an accident that will leave unforeseeable formal traces. Though some are made with 100-watt bulbs that function as lamps, other versions are made with 500-watt bulbs that cause the cubes to explode from the heat within a few minutes. Like all of Kraus’ works, they appear to strive toward being invisible, but they’re reluctant to leave no trace at all.
    (C. Lange, “Kitty Kraus: Identical Dimensions and Precarious Constellations” frieze, October 2008)


Mirrored Cube


Mirrors, tape and light bulb.

7 x 12 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (17.8 x 30.8 x 23.2 cm).

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $6,250

Contemporary Art Part II

9 November 2010
New York