Rodney Graham - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007

  • Literature

    Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, Emile Van Balberghe and Yves Gevaert, Rodney Graham: Works from 1976 to 1994. Catalogue Raisonné, Toronto, 1994, no., 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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Property from an Important Northern European Collection


Willow, Mullem (from the series Flanders Trees)

monochrome colour photograph
228.5 x 179 cm (89 7/8 x 70 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1989, this work is number 1 from an edition of 1.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £31,500

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director

20th Century & Contemporary Art

+44 20 7318 4065

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020