Stéphane Couturier - Photographs London Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    The University of California Art Gallery, San Diego, 3 October – 16 December 2003 (another example exhibited); Stéphane Couturier: Photographies, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, 15 June – 29 August 2004 (another example exhibited); Stéphane Couturier, 6ème Biennale internationale de la Photographie: Architecture Museum Chussev, Moscow, 23 March – 15 May 2006 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Editions Ville Ouverte, Landscaping – Stéphane Couturier photographies, 2003, p. 3; Editions Adam Biro Paris, Stéphane Couturier – Photographies, 2004, pp. 134-135
    Another example of this work is held in the Fonds National D’ Art CContemporain, France and the UBS Collection.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stéphane Couturier investigates the aesthetic and psychological possibilities of the urban environment in cities that include his own, Paris, as well as Moscow, Seoul and San Diego, among other places. Unlike those of ’Urban Archaeology’, the images from Couturier’s ’Landscaping’ series, begun in 2001, are often spare in their composition. Made on the peripheries of the San Diego/Tijuana border, these photographs show a previously untouched environment as it is about to explode into sub-urbanism through monumental feats of ‘landscaping.’ In these renderings of the landscape under development, Couturier also flattens elements, creating an image that is a reminder of California artist Richard Diebenkorn’s gymnastic paintings of San Francisco-area hillscapes. His photographs of the shifting California range also lay bare the dichotomy that exists between the public desire for a natural home setting and the sanitized version that is ultimately constructed.
    Matthieu Poirier, 2007


San Diego Olympic Parkway #1 from Landscaping

Digital colour coupler print, printed 2007 and Diasec mounted.
121.9 x 228 cm. (48 x 89 3/4 in).
Signed, titled, dated and numbered E.A. #1/2 in ink on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. AP 1/2 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artists proof's.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £25,000


15 Oct 2009