Nicolas Party - 20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Phillips

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  • In Short

    "I’m really attracted to subjects that appear in history as constant markers, essential ingredients that always need to be used. Trees are one of those markers—sometimes as the main component of an image or sometimes in the background, but always there, looking at us, looking after us. Trees have a beautiful symbolic connection to time and memory, one of many reasons why they are such a fertile subject in painting…when I paint landscapes, I wander in that forest. Throughout history, trees have been present in so many stories, legends and religions. They are one of the most important elements in human culture. Today, they are also one of the primary reminders of our fears and anxieties for the future. How many trees are being painted today?"

    Nicolas Party


    Another example of the present lot photographed in process. Photographed by Jonathan Cleaver. Artwork © Nicolas Party


    • Provenance

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

    • Exhibited

      Edinburgh, Dovecot Studios, Carpets of Distinction, November 7, 2012 - January 12, 2013, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated in production)
      New York, The Hole, Second Smile, April 23 - May 24, 2020 (another example exhibited)

    • 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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wool pile rug
68 x 100 in. (172.7 x 254 cm)
Executed in 2012, this work is number 3 from an edition of 8 plus 1 artist's proof, produced by Dovecot Studios.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $32,500

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020