Mark Grotjahn - New Now: The Katayama Collection New York Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
    Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Kaikai Kiki Artists Vol. 1, March 6 - 9, 2008
    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 168, p. 123 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (Black and Creamsicle 700) is a stellar example of his iconic Butterfly compositions, which focus on the rigors of form and color and draw on traditional perspectival techniques refined since the Renaissance era.The creamy delicacy of the colored pencil endows the work with an exquisite diversity in texture and tone, while the force of the geometric bands as they converge on a central vanishing point produces a hypnotic experience, pushing the boundaries of the viewer’s perception.


Untitled (Black and Creamsicle)

signed, titled and dated "# 700 untitled (Black and creamsicle) MARK GROTJAHN 2007 Mark Grotjahn # 700 Mark Grotjahn 07 UNTITLED (BLACK AND CREAMSICLE 700) " on the reverse
colored pencil on paper
20 x 16 1/8 in. (50.8 x 41 cm.)
Executed in 2007.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $300,000

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New Now: The Katayama Collection

New York Auction 19 September 2017