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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London; Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sarah Morris makes complex, physical paintings that use rigorous overall grids and lurid colours, executed in brilliant household gloss paint on square-format canvases. As a panoramic portrait of America's most sprawling metropolis, William Morris (Los Angeles) dynamically depicts LA's unique architectural motifs and colour palette. Ambivalent in feeling, hanging somewhere between figuration and pure abstraction, the painting reduces its subject to line and colour. Having studied semantics, the artist is informed by an interest in signs and the de-coding of the built environment. Therefore, while her approach may resonate with the strategies of rationalist modernism, running from Piet Mondrian to Peter Halley, Morris's formal reductionism is in fact the product of a semiotically distilled reference to the urban world.

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William Morris (Los Angeles)

2005
Household gloss on canvas.
289 x 289 cm (114 x 114 in).
Signed and dated 'S Morris 2005' on the overlap.

Estimate
£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £55,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010
London