Tidal pool star

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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

  • Catalogue Essay

    Olafur Eliasson currently lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. Eliasson studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art before moving to Berlin to establish his studio. Throughout the past two decades, Eliasson’s projects have served as tools for exploring the cognitive and cultural conditions that inform our perception. Ranging from immersive environments of color, light, and movement to installations that recontextualize natural phenomena, his work defies the notion of art as an autonomous object and instead positions itself as part of an exchange with the actively engaged visitor and her individualized experience.

  • Artist Bio

    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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Tidal pool star

colored glacial-rock-flour glass (light green), colored glass (red, yellow) and driftwood, in 4 parts
42 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (108 x 77.5 x 12.1 cm.)
Executed in 2018.

$40,000 - 60,000 

sold for $77,000

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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018