Martin Eder - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Germany

  • Exhibited

    Lingen, Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle, Martin Eder: Die Kalte Kraft,  August 15 -  October 10, 2004

  • Literature

    M. Eder, T. Girst & H. Schepers, Martin Eder: Die Kalte Kraft, Ostfildern, 2004, p.62 and p.148 (illustrated) 

  • Artist Biography

    Martin Eder

    • 1986

    Martin Eder's disturbing oil paintings examine the interaction of beauty and ugliness and are
    shown next to cute kittens and cuddly puppies, candid nudes in eerie, surreal encounters. In
    an almost scientific way, Eder has devoted himself to this since the beginning of his career
    exploring the illusory possibilities of painting and their meaning. Inspired by different streams
    of art history, including baroque and surrealism, represent his paintings the sentimental, the
    filthy, and the sublime side by side, forming the imagery of the classical History painting new.
    Eder breaks the generally accepted notions of what "fine art" should be and undermines
    conventional hierarchies of images and subjects. If you are looking for answers you are out of
    place in Eder's cosmos. But one encounters a silent guest – the uncanny.

    "Bodies are sold, they are abused, they are twisted, they are reinvented, they are drained, they
    are dragged around, thrown into cavities and left alone, locked in wrong perceptions, full of
    attitudes and fears. The spiritual part of it is, that your actions can only be controlled by a very
    strong mind, which is your spirit." Martin Eder

    Martin Eder is based in Berlin and graduated from HfBK Dresden in 2001.

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Verbrenne die Brucken (Burn Bridges), from the Images of the Human Body series

Oil on canvas laid on board. 
51 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (130.5 x 100 cm).
Signed and dated "Martin Eder 2002" lower left. 

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $68,500

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York