Olafur Eliasson - 20th Century & Contemporary Art New York Tuesday, July 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • “My main interest comes out of perception or the cognitive aspect of what it means to see. I’ve been very curious about working with the eye as a tool and the brain as a construction and a product of your own history, rather than as some kind of objective, natural ‘truth.’ That said, a kaleidoscope suggests a compound way of seeing space, and I think it allows for an almost psychological interrogation of your own vision.”
    —Olafur Eliasson

    • Provenance

      Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
      Private Collection, Europe
      Phillips, New York, May 17, 2007, lot 23
      Tilton Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Städtische Galerie Bremen, No Art = No City! Stadtutopien in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Urban Utopias in Contemporary Art., September 20–October 26, 2003, pp. 42–44 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 42; detail of another example illustrated, p. 44)

    • Literature

      Olafur Eliasson: Your Lighthouse: Works with Light 1991–2004, exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2004, no. 126, p. 163 (another example illustrated)
      Anna Engberg-Pederson, ed., Studio Olafur Eliasson: An Encyclopedia, Cologne, 2008, p. 240 (another example illustrated)

Property of an Important East Coast Collection


Colour Vision Kaleidoscope

wood and color-effect filter glass on wooden tripod
glass element 14 x 14 x 42 in. (35.6 x 35.6 x 106.7 cm)
base 52 x 36 x 26 in. (132.1 x 91.4 x 66 cm)

Executed in 2003, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof.

Full Cataloguing

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $88,900

Contact Specialist

Nina Piro
Specialist, Associate Vice President

20th Century & Contemporary Art

New York Auction 18 July 2023