Lauren Quin - New Now New York Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Featuring Lauren Quin’s iconic tubular imagery, Blow a Gasket is a deep examination of the color red. Sumptuous hues of purple, green and white combine with the dominating crimson imagery to create an energetic composition reminiscent of negative afterimages. Odd shapes, imagined or real, jump out, creating motion  Quin attributes her bold tubular style to her experience of total darkness during her 2017 residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine: the “sense of depth is completely removed. You have to turn your flashlight off, because the light attracts bugs, and just remember that you’re on a path. I kept feeling like things were flying at me and I was being pushed through a tube.”i


    Blow a Gasket is a testament to the artist’s unique style and craft. The artist begins her process by rendering the large tunneling forms and then superimposes them with line drawings. Quin then incorporates biological motifs which emphasize the arterial connotations of her tubes – the center left resembles organs; the center right evokes feathers. Once the material layers are built, Quin carves into the surface with tools ranging from her fingers to a spoon or butter knife. Finalizing the composition with a monotype technique, she presses the canvas against ink-covered glass.  


    Detail of the present work.

    Blow a Gasket was painted in 2021, the same year the artist had her first solo exhibition in Europe at Loyal Gallery, Stockholm. Since then, Quin’s works have been acquired by institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the X Museum, Beijing, testifying to her rapid raise to acclaim on a global scale.

    i Lauren Quin, quoted in Stephanie Eckhardt, “In the Studio With Lauren Quin, the Painter Doing Abstraction Her Own Way,” W Magazine, July 8, 2021, online.

    • Provenance

      Unclebrother, Hancock, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Literature

      Steph Eckardt, “In the Studio With Lauren Quin, the Painter Doing Abstraction Her Own Way,” W Magazine, July 8, 2021, online (studio view with the artist illustrated)

    • Artist Biography

      Lauren Quin

      Lauren Quin (b. 1992) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. She forms her canvases by painting repeated, intercepted, and reconnected shapes and colors. She is most known for the “tube” shape throughout her compositions. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including her first US museum show My Hellmouth, Nerman Museum of Art, Overland Park, KS (2023); Sagittal Fours, Pond Society, Shanghai, China (2022); Pulse Train Howl, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (2022), and group exhibitions such as Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (2022); and On Boxing, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (2021).

      Her work is held in numerous public collections including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Smart Museum, Chicago, IL; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China.

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Blow a Gasket

signed and dated "L Quin 2021" on the reverse
oil on canvas
56 x 72 in. (142.2 x 182.9 cm)
Painted in 2021.

Full Cataloguing

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $203,200

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen
Head of Sale, New Now
212 940 1207

New Now

New York Auction 8 March 2023