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  • Provenance

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited


    Los Angeles, ACME, Young and Dumb, January 8 – February 5, 2000

  • Catalogue Essay


    Grotjahn’s split-screen lepidopterous abstractions have the pithy surface dazzle of stripped-down California fruit crate labels tipped on end or tiered on top of one another – one-point perspective views of furrowed fields slotted back to back with the rays of a rising sun. Although geography isn’t supposed to matter anymore, these paintings couldn’t be more Southern Californian, and it’s hard to imagine them being made anywhere else. Their solid, saturated brightnesses are neighbors of those once discovered by Ed Ruscha on the surfaces of petrol station forecourts and superfluous neon- and day-lit stucco. But Grotjahn’s simple radiating geometries don’t add up the way you might expect them to. Like the plush felt zones of some obscure gaming table, they’re precise, seductive and undecipherable by the uninitiated.
    J.Trainor, “Rates of Exchange,” Frieze, October 2003

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Untitled

1999
Oil on linen laid on board.
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm).
Signed and dated “Mark Grotjahn 1999” on the reverse.

Estimate
$400,000 - 600,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

13 Nov 2008, 7pm
New York