Sophie Calle - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine, New York
    Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Paris
    Sotheby's, Paris, Contemporary Art, 5 December 2012, lot 191
    Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
    Private Collection, California

  • Exhibited

    Sophie Calle M'as tu vue, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 19 November 2003 - 14 March 2014

  • Literature

    Centre Pompidou, Sophie Calle M'as tu vue, pp. 406-407

  • Catalogue Essay

    For upwards of forty years, Sophie Calle has used photography to explore complex notions of memory, loss and intimacy. The present lot, a diptych from her series, Last Seen…, addresses Rembrandt’s 1633 masterwork, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, one of thirteen paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. By juxtaposing the painting’s empty frame alongside recollections of the work by museum staff, Calle recontextualizes the theft – a loss not merely confined to its historical and academic significance, but one grounded in the emotional impact on those who continue to feel its absence.


Last Seen... (Rembrandt, The Storm in the Sea of Galilée)

Ektachrome print with silkscreened text panel.
Photograph 94 1/2 x 59 3/4 in. (240 x 151.8 cm)
Silkscreen 63 1/4 x 50 3/4 in. (160.7 x 128.9 cm)

One from an edition of 2.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $37,500

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New York Auction 1 October 2019