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  • Provenance

    From the photographer
    Tennyson and Fern Schad, New York
    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    Gift of Boardroom, Inc., 1992

  • Exhibited

    Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 15 March- 7 September 2014

  • Literature

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Robert Heinecken, pl. 50
    The Museum of Modern Art, Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, pl. 68

  • Catalogue Essay

    As a self-described “paraphotographer,” Robert Heinecken created a visual language that transcended the traditional tenets of photography. The current lot was taken ten years after the celebrated photographer established the nation’s first photography department at UCLA. During his tenure as professor and mentor, Heinecken aimed to blur the lines between photography, sculpture, collage and printmaking. In Cliché Vary/Lesbianism, Heinecken presents a four-by-four grid comprised of multiple angles, duplicate details and hand-coloring that collectively disrupt any linear understanding of the final composition. As a hybrid of multiple mediums the work stands at the nexus of postmodernism by constructing an image that challenges our assumptions of inherent truth both in the medium of photography and in our social presentations of sex and gender.


Cliché Vary/Lesbianism

Unique construction of sixteen canvas panels with photographic emulsion and pastel chalk.
Each 9 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (24.8 x 25.1 cm)
Overall 40 3/8 x 40 5/8 in. (102.6 x 103.2 cm)

'The Museum of Modern Art' and 'Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago' labels affixed to the reverse of the frame.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $149,000

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Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

New York Auction 1 October