Rodney Graham - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Studio Rodney Graham, Vancouver
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tel Aviv, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Potent Wilderness , 4 July – 14 November 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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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection


Shoes for City Self / Country Self

leather and metal handmade shoes in a steel and glass vitrine
187.2 x 48.1 x 33.6 cm (73 3/4 x 18 7/8 x 13 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2008, this work is number 2 from an edition of 4 plus 1 artist's proof and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£15,000 - 25,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019