Olafur Eliasson - NOW: Art of the 21st Century Theme Sale New York Friday, March 5, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan

  • Catalogue Essay


    “These individual photographs usually function as part of a larger ensemble, being grouped according to
    subject types and displayed in an overall, non-hierarchical grid pattern. Looked at one at a time, each of them
    displays in rich detail the idiosyncratic features of a particular aspect of nature. When they are configured as
    a group, becoming co-dependent, their more formal aspects come to the fore, such as their equality of scale,
    their generally similar forms and shapes, the overall consistent horizon line that turns the ensemble into a
    lateral composition of alternating sky-white and earth colors. They thus engage in a continual back-and-forth
    between individuality and uniformity, expressive subjectivity and purported objectivity. While Eliasson’s
    systematic approach to and serial presentation of his subject matter find clear precedents in the photographs
    of German Bernd and Hilla Becher, there are differences: where the Bechers work in black and white, Eliasson
    uses the inherently less austere medium of color photography, and his subject matter welcomes more
    eccentric topographic anatomies than the Bechers’ industrial series.”
    M. Grynsztejn “Attention Universe: The Work of Olafur Eliasson”, D. Birnbaum, M. Grynsztejn; M. Speaks,
    Olafur Eliasson, New York, 2002, p. 60

205

Nine Works: Landscapes

1995
Color photographs.
8 x 11 1/2 in. (20.3 x 29.2 cm) each.
This work is from an edition of two and each photograph is signed, dated "Olfaur Eliasson 1995" and numbered of two on the reverse.

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

NOW: Art of the 21st Century Theme Sale

6 March 2010
New York