Nathaniel Mary Quinn - Phillips x Artsy: Wrapped/Unwrapped New York Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Culture Projects, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “There is a comedian, black woman, from Chicago, whom I met through a former girlfriend, who made a major impact on my life not only because she was funny but because she was brazenly honest. She spoke openly about hosting successful comedy shows, eating at fancy restaurants, and signing autographs of the rich, only to return home to a somewhat dilapidated apartment accompanied with unpaid bills. 'The Comedian' hinges on an aspect of human identity where performance and audience are merging forces: one aims to be pure, the other aims to be inspired.” - Nathaniel Mary Quinn

  • Artist Biography

    Nathaniel Mary Quinn

    American • 1977

    Having grown up as the youngest of five boys on the South Side of Chicago, artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn creates work that centers on family and youth. In his paintings and drawings of collaged figures, Quinn slices visual elements sourced from advertisements, Google images and his own photo albums: he takes on art historical themes and imbues them with deeply intimate and personal emotion.

    Quinn was enamored with drawing from a young age. His brother Charles first noticed his talent and urged his mother to pay attention to it. In spite of his meteoric ascent as an artist, Quinn lost his mother while he was a student and, upon returning home to Chicago, discovered his family apartment had been deserted by his father and four brothers. As a result of loss and abandonment, the artist has said, “Grief was the constant background noise to whatever success I achieved.”

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The Comedian

signed, numbered and dated "Nathaniel M Quinn 2017 14/25" lower right
hand embellished Giclee print
18 1/8 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm.)
Executed in 2017, this work is number 14 from an edition of 25, published by the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $15,000

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Phillips x Artsy: Wrapped/Unwrapped

Online Auction 26 November - 12 December 2019