Nicolas Franco - Photographs London Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Over the last 10 years, Nicolas Franco has examined the diverse ways in which history has unfolded. A number of Franco’s projects involved reproducing photographs and transferring appropriated images from one medium to another. In Pink Romy, offered here, we are confronted with fuchsia images, layers of text and angular metallic lines. The pink-painted photographs of Romy Schneider are laid over an excerpt from William T. Vollmann’s book Rising Up and Rising Down. The portraits are connected by grey lines of aluminium with typed streams of text. The highly edited elements emerge from a thick layer of paint, and through these various elements, Franco interrogates traditional ways of seeing.

    Nicolas Franco’s photographic process incorporates the re-appropriation of existing images and transferring them from one medium to another. His work has been shown internationally, including Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago and Museo del Barro, Asunción. In 2010 he was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.



Pink Romy from City of Women

Pigment ink, acrylic resins, acrylic paint, muriatic acid and aluminium on paper.
Image: 220 x 152 cm (86 5/8 x 59 7/8 in.)
Frame: 228.3 x 160.8 cm (89 7/8 x 63 1/4 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title and date on the accompanying the Certificate of Authenticity. This work is unique.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £9,375

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London Auction 1 November 2018