Richard Woods - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 13, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Modern Art, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Adding architectural motifs or caricatures back into a real building is a simple way of highlighting what’s already there. This language is used because hopefully it emphasizes that I am not making a claim that the works I make are architecture, but are playful vehicles by which we can reassess the structures that already exist. […] It’s important to me that the work has both a graphic resonance as well as a DIY aesthetic. This combination allows the works to physically sit on the existing architecture, but also to remain separate from its architectural host.
    —Richard Woods, in an interview with Lily Rose, Whitewall Magazine, “Richard Woods at City Hall,” New York, July 28, 2009
    Richard Woods has made a name for himself recreating the everyday world around us. Melding art, architecture and design, the artist redistributes and transforms our mundane into other worldly fine art. Playing with the idea of a commonly used item, Woods reinterprets that meaning by juxtaposing art historical references and cues from nature. In recent years, Woods has also begun creating coverings for the outside of houses, turning various homes into mock-Tudor mansions and restyling an Oxford college building as a red-brick home, making it appear both splashy and suburban at the same time. One is meant to live with the artist’s creations and enjoy it with all senses.


Personal History


Mixed media paint on MDF wood (in 17 parts).

119 ¾ x 142 ½ in. (304.2 x 362 cm) overall.

Signed and dated by the artist on the reverse.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $60,000

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York