Senga Nengudi - New Now New York Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Courtesy of Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York
    The Walker Art Center Avant Garden Art Auction, Minneapolis, November 19, 2016
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, White Cube, Senga Nengudi: Alt, November 25, 2014–January 18, 2015, p. 24 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Senga Nengudi, exh. cat., Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York, 2015, pp. 66–67 (illustrated, p. 67)

  • Artist Biography

    Senga Nengudi

    American • 1943

    Emerging as an artist in the avant-garde scenes of Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and 1970s, Senga Nengudi has been a trailblazing and influential force for over 50 years. Nengudi’s pioneering practice is currently the focus at the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds, which represents the artist’s first solo institutional exhibition outside of the United States.

    Characterized by a persistently radical experimentation with material and form, Nengudi’s work spans sculpture, performance, and photography. Building upon the legacy of abstraction, Nengudi imbues her work with human, philosophical and spirituals concerns. In her famous R.S.V.P. series, for example, she stretched, filled and knotted nylon tights with sand and mounted them on walls to create “abstracted reflections of used bodies”. Initiated in 1975 following her pregnancy, the series represent humble, yet powerful, icons of the triumphs and traumas of the human body.

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Property from an Important Private American Collection


R.S.V.P. Reverie—Stale Mate

nylon mesh and sand
installation dimensions approximately 65 x 15 x 4 in. (165.1 x 38.1 x 10.2 cm)
Executed in 2014.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $30,480

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen
Head of Sale, New Now
212 940 1207

New Now

New York Auction 8 March 2023