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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    Chicago, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Civilization and Its Discontents: SAIC 150th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, September 1–October 24, 2015

  • Literature

    Brian Hieggelke, “Reeders Digest: How Two Brothers Curated the School of the Art Institute’s 150th Anniversary Exhibition,” Newcity Art, August 31, 2015, online (illustrated)

  • 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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QC #13

signed "Sanford Biggers" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board
acrylic and spray paint on textile and fabric collage mounted to archival paper
36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
Executed in 2013.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $37,800

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen
Head of Sale, New Now
212 940 1207
[email protected]

New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2022