Martin Kippenberger - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Berlin
    Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
    Collection Michel Wuerthle, Berlin
    Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Gagosian, Prefab, 26 February - 17 May 2008

  • Catalogue Essay

    Experimenting with new mediums invigorated Kippenberger’s practice, allowing him to look upon his artistic themes with a renewed vitality. The beginning of Kippenberger’s series of subversive Latex and Rubber Paintings is marked by his 1990 earlier work, Big Dickie in the Studio. Stretching yellow latex over the canvas like a thin translucent skin, Kippenberger’s first manipulation of the medium prompted him to complete a series of approximately sixty monochromatic latex and rubber works the following year. The present lot, Untitled (Rubber Painting II), channels the artist’s interest in surface texture, with its relief like markings created in foil, latex, acrylic, pigment and gauze. Referencing his interest in high and low culture, drawing upon his sense of humour and parodying the social elements of the art world, Untitled (Rubber Painting II) contains almost cartoon-like elements. Through the textual quality of the latex and rubber, the viewer is forced to think of fetishism, bare skin and sex. Citing his own artistic vocabulary and library of motifs Kippenberger explores the idea of repetition and self-reference throughout his oeuvre.


Untitled (Rubber Painting II)

foil, latex, acrylic, pigment and gauze on canvas
90.2 x 76.2 cm. (35.5 x 30 in.)
Executed in 1991.

£30,000 - 50,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £37,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017