Rodney Graham - New Now: Modern & Contemporary Art London Friday, April 19, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Munich, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Rodney Graham: It's all black and white, 21 October - 19 November 2008 (another example exhibited)
    Tel Aviv, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Potent Wilderness, 5 July – 5 September 2014, pp. 94-95 (illustrated, p. 95)

  • 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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Shoes for City Self / Country Self

leather and metal handmade shoes and felt in a steel and glass vitrine
186.6 x 33.6 x 48.2 cm (73 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 18 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2008, this work is number 2 from an edition of 4 plus 1 artist's proof.

£5,000 - 7,000 

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Charlotte Gibbs
Head of New Now: Modern & Contemporary Art
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New Now: Modern & Contemporary Art

London Auction 19 April 2024