Piotr Uklański - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

  • Exhibited

    London, The Photographer's Gallery, Piotr Uklanski: The Nazis, August 8 - September 12, 1998 (another example exhibited)
    Warsaw, Zacheta Gallery, Piotr Uklanski: The Nazis, October 30 - December 3, 2000 (another example exhibited)
    New York, The Jewish Museum, Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art, March 17 - June 30, 2002 (another example exhibited)
    Bremen, Neues Museum Weserburg, After Images: Kunst Als Soziales Gedächtnis, June 27 - October 2, 2004 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    P. Frey, Piotr Uklanski: The Nazis, Zürich and New York, 1999 (another example illustrated)
    P. Uklanski and R. Biuro, eds., Earth, Wind and Fire, Basel, 2004, pp. 122-123 (another example illustrated as detail)
    A. Lindemann, Collecting Contemporary, Cologne, 2006, p. 132 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    I’ve always been interested in genres that are unpopular – in flm, art, or otherwise – and that exist or even thrive under the radar, without a wide audience. And I think my work refects this interest.PIOTR UKLÁNSKI(Piotr Uklánski in D. Everitt Howe, “Q+A: Piotr Uklánski’s Crafted Conceits,” Art in America, February 18, 2011).Piotr Uklánski’s The Nazis, 1999, presents a collection of 41 flm stills depicting Nazi-playing actors in traditional military uniform. Each image is taken from post war European and American flms. The series was intended by the artist as a critique on the dark glamour of ‘Nazi chic’ as represented in flm, and is a direct commenton the history of popular culture and how it portrays historical events. Uklánski is forcing us to examine the disquieting fascination of the Nazi uniform within a cinematic context, and he aims to provoke an uneasy sense of discomfort and identifcation in the viewer.


The Nazis, (Set A)

41 C-prints mounted on Sintra board
each: 14 x 10 in. (35.6 x 25.4 cm)

installed dimensions: 14 x 410 in. (35.6 x 1041.4 cm)

Each panel numbered in consecutive display order and annotated A-1 through A-41 on a label affixed to the reverse. This set is number six from an edition of ten.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York