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  • Provenance

    neugerriemschneider, Berlin

  • Literature

    H. Broeker, ed., Olafur Eliasson: Your Lighthouse; Works with Light 1991-2004, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2004, p. 163, pl. 127 (illustrated); O. Eliasson, ed., Olafur Eliasson: Your Engagement has Consequences; On the Relativity of Your Reality, Baden, 2006, p. 174 (illustrated); T. Zenth, Ny Dansk Kunst – New Danish Art, Copenhagen, 2006, p. 16 (illustrated)
     

  • Catalogue Essay

    Olafur Eliasson’s pendulum lamp Moonlight bathes the viewer in a light of the same intensity as actual moonlight. Comprised of twelve lamps mounted on a geodesic steel frame, the work is an almost spherical luster hanging from the ceiling with a romantic glow. The appeal of the lighting invites the viewer to spend time and truly engage in the experience of the piece. It allows for total immersion in an unframed moment of art.
     
    "The potency and emotional resonance of Eliasson’s work is due in part to how far removed, how disturbingly alien his pieces are with respect to the familiar, expected patterns of everyday experience, even when his work is situated fully within mundane environments," (J. Crary, Light Art: Targetti Light Art Collection, Milan, 2005, p. 70).

  • Artist Biography

    Olafur Eliasson

    Danish-Icelandic • 1967

    Conceptual artist Olafur Eliasson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents who had emigrated from Iceland. Characterized by a lack of traditional materiality, Eliasson’s work is typically quite simple and clean in appearance. Known for engaging with environmental issues, the artist often creates immersive works that activate the senses beyond just sight. Due to his consistent interest in light, Eliasson’s practice has been compared to both James Turrell and Dan Flavin. 

    One of his most popular installations, The Weather Project, 2003, saw Eliasson fill the entirety of Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern with light from an artificial Sun. Another project, New York City Waterfalls, 2008, became one of the most expensive public art installations ever, with a cost exceeding $15 million. The artist has been collected by institutions like the Guggenheim, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the National Gallery of Art, among others.

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Moonlight

2003
Twelve industrial lamps on metal armature.
33 1/2 in. (85 cm) diameter.

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
This work is from an edition of three.
 

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $110,500

Contemporary Art Part I

12 Nov 2009
New York