Nate Lowman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art, Athens

  • Exhibited

    Athens, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art, Dark Victory, April 19 - July 30, 2007

  • Literature

    D. Antonitsis, Dark Victory, Athens, 2007, p. 28 (illustrated);   A. Koroxenidis, "Art Which Reappraises Society," Kathimerini (English edition), May 30, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    The image of the present lot derived from the winning entry in a nationwide contest for school children to produce a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan. The winner was a Puerto Rican student, which goes some length toward explaining the singlestarred flag—Boricua meets America’s preeminent celebucrat. Nate Lowman scanned and altered that image and finally reprinted the portrait on canvas, adding his own blood to the acrylic composition, altering the innocently intended original with a complex critical stance. Although Reagan enjoyed high approval ratings while in office, his legacy has been radically revised in light of the fallout of economic policy he championed—Untitled (President) is a pitch-perfect mirror of our times.


Untitled (President)

Acrylic and the artist's blood on canvas. 
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm).
Signed and dated "Nate Lowman 06" on the overlap. 

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $18,750

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York