Sanford Biggers - New Now New York Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
    Acquired from the above by the present owners

  • Exhibited

    Chicago, Monique Meloche Gallery, Sanford Biggers: New Work, September 15–October 27, 2018

  • Literature

    KT Hawbaker, "Sanford Biggers on making 'New Work' from two old, 'malleable' materials: history and myth," Chicago Tribune, September 20, 2018, online (illustrated)
    Katy Donoghue, "Gallerist Monique Meloche Talks EXPO, Sanford Biggers, and More," Whitewall, September 26, 2018, online
    Joel Strauss, "Chicago Art Advisor Joel Straus Recommends 8 Gallery Shows to See During EXPO Chicago," artnet News, September 27, 2018, online (illustrated)
    Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, exh. cat., The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, 2020, p. 169 (illustrated, p. 155)

  • 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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Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.



signed and dated "Sanford Biggers 2018" on the reverse
antique quilt, assorted textiles, tar and glitter
61 x 72 3/4 in. (154.9 x 184.8 cm)
Executed in 2018.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $75,600

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Patrizia Koenig

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New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2021