Nicolas Party - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    SALTS, Basel
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Basel, SALTS, Nicolas Party: Panorama, 17 June – 25 July 2015

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2015, Nicolas Party created the site-specific exhibition, Panorama at SALTS in Basel. Inverting the exhibition space, Party left the interior of the construction empty and instead utilized the outside of the structure, making this the focal point of the work. Inspired by the 19th century panorama pieces that preceded cinema, Party painted the typical and traditional large-scale circular landscape scenes directly onto the wooden structure. The present piece was cut out of the original structure commissioned by SALTS, onto which it was directly painted on in situ. Donated to SALTS, it is accompanied with a label on the reverse stating the provenance of the object, the object is unsigned.

    Using all sides of the structure, the piece required a full 360 degree viewing in order to see the complete artwork, and as the visitors explored the installation, they would have been struck by the uncanny atmosphere and sense of theatre. In contrast to the intimate salon hang of the framed pieces, the structure itself publically dominated the space at 16 feet, the colour in a surreal blue and white colour palette.

    The final result was a three dimensional outdoor painting, which culminated in Party's characteristic painterly execution of still life motifs and enigmatic portraiture to create an installation resplendent in its trompe l’oeil.

  • 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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acrylic on wood
205 x 149 cm (80 3/4 x 58 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2015.

Please note this object formed a part of the installation Nicolas Party: PANORAMA, exhibited at SALTS, 17 June - 25 July 2015. Donated by the artist, it has been sold as part of the fundraiser exhibition courtesy of SALTS, 2015.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £162,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019