Rosemarie Trockel - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg

  • Exhibited

    Tilburg, De Pont Stichting voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Rosemarie Trockel: Knitted pictures, Feb. 6-May 31, 1993

  • Literature

    R. Trockel, Knitted Pictures, Tilburg, 1993

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Before the age of industrial textile and clothing production, homes in many rural areas of Germany had what were known as ‘Spinnstuben’, or ‘spinning rooms’…the ‘Spinnstube’ was a place for exchanging locals news and telling all manner of stories in which village superstition was imaginatively interwoven with a deep fear of natural forces, divine prudence and punishment to create tales of gothic horror. In the early nineteenth century, Enlightenment thinking turned these places into hotbeds of superstition, irrational fear and emotional confusion. The emerging bourgeoisie began to keep their children out of the ‘Spinnstube’. The ‘Spinnstube’ can be compared with one of the two approaches mentioned above. Trockel’s works have a tendency to guide the viewer towards a potentially infinite networking of content. Being diametrically opposed to the pure rule of logical reason, this is an approach that lets the viewer stray through the cultural and intellectual history of centuries. Layer by layer, the works are woven into a cocoon of evocative hints leading towards possible references and relations.” (R. Schumacher, ed., Rosemarie Trockel, Munich, 2002, p. 52)


Untitled (Homage to Bridget Riley)

Machine knitted wool.
47 1/4 x 118 1/5 in. (120 x 300.2 cm).

£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £108,000

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm