Latifa Echakhch - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Monday, February 8, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

  • Exhibited

    Lyon, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Laps, 15 February-14 April 2013

  • Catalogue Essay

    Moroccoan born artist Latifa Echakhch left her birth country for France at age three; now working and living out of Switzerland, the artist's cross-cultural background informs her artistic output in an informed way. From form and colour to thematic intention, Echakhch metaphorically convey the themes of absence and eternal space in her works.

    Tambour 88 is an exceptional example of Latifa Echakhch’s artistic practice of dripping ink on the canvas. In the present lot, the artist has dripped Indian ink, to create a deep and powerful abyss in the centre of the canvas, which has a circular shape reminiscent of a tondo, traditionally located in the middle of a ceiling to represent paradise in Renaissance art Her technique of dripping is obtained through a slow and industrious artistic process: the artist gradually drops ink on the canvas so as to create an intense black spot in the centre of the canvas and neatly separate the core of the painting from its lighter outer contour. This technique of dripping ink upon the canvas is evocative of the greatest American Abstract Expressionist painter, Jackson Pollock. The intense concentration in a specific area of the canvas turns the work into a black hole, from which nothing can escape. As a metaphor for unveiling national and religious identities, these mere alterations let the viewers see objects in a new form, almost as if they were experiencing them for the first time.


Tambour 88

black Indian ink on canvas
diameter 173 cm (68 1/8 in.)
Signed, titled and dated 'Latifa Echakhch "Tambour 88" 2013' on the stretcher.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £122,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London Auction 9 February 2016 7pm