Sanya Kantarovsky - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Phillips

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  • “I am not after this idea of pleasure, of looking at something pretty or beautiful. That seductive quality of a painting—that way a painting can pull you in—can also give way to a much more complicated experience, one that couldn’t be articulated as pleasure. It is perhaps something unnamable, something that creates a sense of delay, a sense of discord, that you then have to work to wrap your head around. That’s when painting becomes really interesting, and important insofar as it is one of the last sites we have that demands a very slow and discerning look.”
    — Sanya Kantarovsky

    The artist in his studio, 2019
    Photo by Josh Olins for Vogue



    “I remember Peter Doig saying in a talk that the way you look at a painting is the way that you look at a lover’s face, and that of course is very romantic, but it is an interesting idea, that this register of looking is very different from the way we look at almost everything else. I don’t necessarily think that it’s about pleasure. It can actually be incredibly unnerving, or discomforting, or energising—whatever you want to say.”
    — Sanya Kantarovsky

    • Provenance

      Los Angeles, Marc Foxx Gallery
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2011



signed, titled and dated '"Untitled" SKantarovsky 2011' on the overlap
bleach, ink, watercolour and oil on linen mounted to Venetian plaster on birch panel
243.8 x 121.9 cm. (96 x 48 in.)
Executed in 2011.

Full Cataloguing

HK$600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$504,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
+852 2318 2027

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 21 June 2022