Sanford Biggers - New Now New York Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Castillo Gallery, Miami
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Louisville, Speed Museum of Art; Los Angeles, California African American Museum, Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, September 9, 2020–January 23, 2022, pp. 112–113, 169 (New York, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2011 installation view illustrated, p. 113)

  • Artist Biography

    Sanford Biggers

    American • 1970

    Pursuing a multi-disciplinary formal process, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, textile, music and performance. Engaging with the past to help better understand the present, Biggers intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new contemporary perspectives and associations for established symbols. History is not a thing of the past for Sanford Biggers, but an ongoing current that he confronts head on. 

    Viewing himself as a collaborator with the work of the African and African American artists and artisans who came before him, Biggers borrows, enhances and memorializes their work, as well as their struggles, through his own object-making. He has done so, for example, by turning his attention to the signs and symbols embedded in quilts that were purportedly used to help slaves escape north along the Underground Railroad. Investing the quilt form with new meaning and adding his own set of abstract codes as he cuts, re-sews and embellishes antique quilts, Biggers constructs modern statements on the state of America.

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antique quilt and gold leaf on birch plywood
43 3/4 x 61 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. (111.1 x 156.8 x 41.3 cm)
Executed in 2016.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $138,600

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen

Head of Sale, New Now

212 940 1207

[email protected]

New Now

New York Auction 9 March 2022