Nicolas Party - Unbound: Online Auction New York Monday, October 21, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Modern Institute, Glasgow
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Swiss Institute, Nicolas Party, Still Life, Stones and Elephants, March 7 – April 15, 2012

  • Catalogue Essay

    This quirky fruit sculpture is one piece of the complexly surreal and colorful world of Nicolas Party. At the time in which this series of sculptures was created Party was part of an artist’s group named Blakam, he paid homage to the inspirational time he spent with them by referencing Blakam in the title of each work. Small sculptures of fruit, cheese and charcuterie are often sprinkled throughout his installations, food and art of dining are themes Party returns to again and again in the form of sculptures and experiences which include his events such as Dinner with Ghosts and Dinner for 24 Elephants. Dinner with Ghosts touched on some debauchery by taking place in an extravagant, historical site made even more fantastical and surreal by Party’s placement of his oversized sculptures. Dinner for 24 Elephants invited guests to enter an environment fully designed by the artist and include many of his familiar motifs and illustrations. The guests consumed a seven-course meal created by the artist which included: an oyster, a fish, a sausage and a poached pear. Each dish was seated on a plate, painted by Party and each guest sat on a stool and at a table painted by Party. The present lot, Blakam’s Stone (Pear) offers a whimsical glimpse into Party’s carefully crafted visual world full of oversized fruits, fairytale forests, Picasso like figures and mischievously cunning animals.

  • Artist Biography

    Nicolas Party

    Nicolas Party (b. 1980) is a Swiss visual artist living and working in New York City and Brussels.
    He received his BFA from the Lausanne School of Art in 2004 and his MFA from the Glasgow
    School of Art, in Glasgow, Scotland in 2009. Party’s works on paper and canvas are most often done
    in colorful soft pastel, the most common subject matter being fantastical still life and portraits.


    Recent solo exhibitions include Karma, New York (2021–22, 2017); Le Consortium,
    Dijon, France (2021); Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland (2021); MASI
    Lugano, Switzerland (2021); Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2020); Xavier Hufkens,
    Brussels (2019); Modern Institute, Glasgow (2019); M Woods Museum, Beijing
    (2018); Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Kaufmann Repetto, Milan (2018);
    Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and Dallas Museum of Art (2016). Party’s
    work is represented in the collections of the David Roberts Art Foundation, London;
    Migros Museum, Zurich; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; and the Sifang Art
    Museum, Nanjing, China.

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Blakam’s Stone (Pear)

signed, inscribed and dated "Nicolas Party 2012 Kings Park U.S.A" on the underside
acrylic on stone
4 x 4 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (10.2 x 10.8 x 19.1 cm.)
Executed in 2012.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $11,250

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Unbound: Online Auction

Online 21 - 30 October 2019 | Bidding closes October 30th, 2pm EDT