Roni Horn - New Now New York Monday, February 27, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1998

  • Exhibited

    London, Hauser & Wirth, Roni Horn, March 5 - April 12, 2008 (another example exhibited)
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Roni Horn AKA Roni Horn, November 6, 2009 - January 24, 2010, pp. 120-121 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Louise Neri, Lynne Cooke and Thierry de Duve, ed., Roni Horn, London, 2000, pp. 24-25 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Diverse in scope and unique in vision, the following selection of works from an Important Miami Collection features artists ranging from America’s minimalist pioneers to the YBAs and beyond, working across many different disciplines and styles. Though varied in style and origin, this special collection, built over the last 50 years is linked by each artist’s unique use of humor and unexpected materials to challenge the traditional notions of “high art” and probe at complex sociopolitical issues. In utilizing playful imagery to generate social commentary, or found materials to provoke a nostalgic reaction, each of the following artists challenges the idea of what art can and is meant to do by directly connecting with the viewer.

    Standout artists within the collection heralded for their exploration of alternative materials include Louise Nevelson, Richard Tuttle and Richard Artschwager, all of whom make use of familiar items to construct uniquely personal objects that question the boundaries between sculpture and painting. The intimate scale of Nevelson’s white wood construction, Floating Cloud Cryptic III resembles a jewelry box or a drawer, allowing the viewer to fill its crevices with personal memories and interpretations. Similarly engaging, Tuttle’s low wall relief sculptures from his Whiteness series, each a unique triptych of found elements arranged in asymmetrical balance, confront the viewer at eye level. Further bridging the disciplines of minimalist sculpture and abstract painting, Richard Artschwager utilizes the rough side of the industrial material Celotex to create a highly texturized acrylic painting. As the artist has described of his Weave series, “Sculpture is for the touch, painting is for the eye. I wanted to make a sculpture for the eye and a painting for the touch.”

    While more traditional in medium, many of the drawings and paintings in the collection similarly challenge art’s canonical traditions. The cartoonish designs of San Francisco-born Peter Saul draw heavily from 1940s comics, and, while vibrant and playful in appearance, prompt the viewer to question the hidden meanings behind graphics. Similarly, British artist David Shrigley incorporates deceptively simple imagery of smiling faces and handwritten text that paradoxically recall a personal, often melancholic, inner monologue.

    It is this personal narrative that links each of the featured artists in the following selection of uniquely intimate, humorous and original works. With these important collectors’ active and continued support throughout the included artists’ careers—from their time as students up to their success at international museum exhibitions, biennials and art fairs—it is the distinctive originality found in each of these works that motivated the assemblage of this special collection. Phillips is thrilled to have the chance to offer this property across our New Now, Photography and Editions sales this spring.



Untitled No. 1

signed, titled, numbered and dated "Untitled #1 1998 ed. 7/15 Roni Horn" on the reverse of the right element; further numbered "#7/15" on the reverse of the left element
Iris printed photograph on Somerset paper, in 2 parts
each 22 x 22 in. (55.9 x 55.9 cm.)
Executed in 1998, this work is number 7 from an edition of 15 plus 5 artist's proofs.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $30,000

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Rebekah Bowling
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New York Auction 28 February 2017