Mark Grotjahn - New Now New York Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, Untitled, 1996-98 by Mark Grotjahn is a stunning, early example of a color and perspective study executed in teal marker on paper. Grotjahn moved to Los Angeles in 1996, the year in which the drawing was begun, by the time of the drawing’s completion in 1998 Grotjahn had his first show at Blum & Poe Gallery in Los Angeles. Untitled, serves as a starting point for Grotjahn’s continued examination of perspectival coloration through heavily worked pencil drawings and later oil paint. The present lot is comprised of a monochromatic teal colored marker on paper. Originating at a single focal point at the center of the composition the teal bands of color radiate outward, the carefully worked sections of hand coloring overlap creating darker sections of the composition that waver throughout the paper at systematic yet variable intervals. Untitled, 1996-98 is an early composition which encompasses all aspects of Grotjahn’s investigative practice into color, perspective and line, which would later become his artistic signifiers within the contemporary art world.



marker on paper
11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $40,625

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New York Auction 17 September 2015