Lina Iris Viktor - Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2024 | Phillips
  • “I only see the absolute beauty and depth of black […] Black to me is the proverbial ‘materia prima’: the first matter, blackness as source, the dark matter that birthed everything.”
    —Lina Iris Viktor

    Collector’s Digest


    • New York-based British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor explores a diverse range of cultural references spanning West Africa, with an emphasis on materiality.

    • Forming part of a series of seven eponymous paintings conceived between 2016 and 2018, Constellations II and its sister works explore celestial arrangements alongside the historical and material implications of ‘blackness’ as a colour and as a form of identity.

    • The subject to solo exhibitions internationally, Lina Iris Viktor's show is currently on view at Pilar Corrias, Conduit Street until 13th July 2024, anticipating her first solo museum exhibition in the United Kingdom at the Sir John Soane's Museum in London, on view from 10 July 2024 until 19 January 2025.​

    • The artist’s work resides in significant institutional collections worldwide including the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC and the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, among others. ​

    • Provenance

      Amar Gallery, London
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      London, Amar Gallery, Black Exodus, 12 September-20 October 2017

    • Literature

      Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.,, New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, 2019, p. 33 (illustrated)


Constellations II

24 karat gold, acrylic and gouache on canvas
213.7 x 152.9 cm (84 1/8 x 60 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2016, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Full Cataloguing

£30,000 - 50,000 ‡♠

Sold for £50,800

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Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale

London Auction 27 June 2024