Martin Kippenberger - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Kunstverein Braunschweig, Martin Kippenberger: Multiples, March 1-May 4, 2003; Antwerp, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Panamarenko: Martin Kippenberger en Robert Filou, June 21-August 31, 2003; San Francisco, The Jewish Museum, March 7-June 27, 2004; Laguna Beach, Laguna Art Museum, July 24-October 3, 2004; and Virginia Beach, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, June 9-September 4, 2005, 100 Artist's See God (illustrated, p. 112)

  • Literature

    A. Muthesius, ed., Martin Kippenberger: Ten Years After, Cologne, 1991, p. 138, no. 117 (illustrated); K. Grässlin and G. Capitain, Martin Kippenberger: Multiples and Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2003, p. 77, no. 38 (illustrated); T. Nye and C. Eckman, eds., Martin Kippenberger: The Bermuda Triangle: Syros, Paris Bar and Dawson City, New York, 2005 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Subject to the following, the present lot is in excellent condition.

    This work is comprised of carved wood and steel nails. There is a minute hairline distortion centrally located on the frog figure just below its stomach. Faint areas of soiling scattered throughout.


Fred the Frog Rings the Bell

Carved wooden frog, wooden crucifix and steel nails.
51 1/8 x 43 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (129.9 x 109.9 x 24.1 cm).
This work is from an edition of seven plus three artist's proofs. In the exhibition which was on display at the Galerie Gisela Capitain in December 1990, the object was titled "Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Casanova und Jesus: Der Gesichtsausdruck beim Nageln" (What is the difference between Casanova and Jesus: the facial expression when being nailed).

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $156,000

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York