Sanford Biggers - 20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | Phillips

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    • Provenance

      Massimo de Carlo, Milan
      Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in July 2013)
      Sotheby's, New York, October 2, 2019, lot 453
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Milan, Massimo de Carlo, Sandford Biggers: Sugar, Pork, Bourbon, April 5 - May 18, 2013
      The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, April 8 - September 6, 2020, p. 167 (illustrated, p. 78)

    • 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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Quilt #19 (Rockstar)

signed and dated "Sanford Biggers 2013" lower right; further signed and dated "Sanford Biggers 2013" on the reverse
antique quilt, assorted textiles, acrylic and spray paint
75 3/8 x 76 in. (191.5 x 193 cm)
Executed in 2013.

Full Cataloguing

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $47,880

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York 8 December 2020