Rodney Graham - 20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, New York
    Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Canary Islands, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Hacia el paisaje, October 16 - November 30, 1990

  • Literature

    Jeff Wall, Mattew Teitelbaum, Boris Groys, and Marie-Ange Brayer, Rodney Graham: Works from 1976 - 1994, Chicago, 1994, p. 74

  • Artist Biography

    Rodney Graham

    Canadian • 1949

    Rodney Graham pulls from cultural and intellectual history through photography, film, music, performance and painting. He presents narratives with puns and references to literature and philosophy, including Sigmund Freud and Kurt Cobain, with a sense of humor that contradicts his residence in the post-punk scene of late 1970s Vancouver.

    In his film trilogy Vexation Island (1999), How I Became a Ramblin' Man (1999) and City Self/Country Self (2001), the artist plays characters like a castaway and a cowboy caught in repetitive cycles of actions and gestures. Such unconscious dream states are further explored in Graham's series of upside-down photographs of oak trees, which are hung to mimic camera obscura.

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Oak, Mellaar from the series Flanders Trees

signed and dated "R Graham 1989" on the reverse of the backing board
monochrome color photograph
94 1/2 x 70 7/8 in. (240 x 180 cm)
Executed in 1989, this work is number 1 from an edition of 1.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $40,000

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
New York

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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020