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  • Provenance

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Grotjahn is not an artist obsessed with positing a wholly unprecedented ‘concept’ of art, but rather is concerned with teasing nuanced experience out of existing concepts or constructs according to the opportunities presented by a specific, well-calculated conceit. Nor is he really preoccupied with Ezra Pound’s mandate to ‘make it new’; rather he wants to make it vivid, and applies all of his impressive skill to doing just that … After all, Winters, Marden, and many of the artists with whom Grotjahn may be favourably compared are contemporary Mannerists – that is, painters who have elaborated on tropes and formats previously found in painting and developed distinctive ways of working that mine the unexploited potential of the modernist mother lode.”
     
    (Robert Storr, ‘LA Push-Pull/Po-Mo-Stop-Go’ in exhibition catalogue, Mark Grotjahn, Gagosian Gallery, London, 2009, p. 6.)

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Untitled (Green Butterfly)

2002
Oil on canvas.
122 × 86.3 cm (48 × 34 in).
Signed and dated 'M. Grotjahn 02' on the overlap.

Estimate
£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £229,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010
London