Steven Parrino - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne

  • Exhibited

    Esslingen, Villa Merkel, Arbeiten mit der Sammlung Rolf Ricke, 17 August – 5 October 2008

  • Literature

    A. Baur, Arbeiten mit der Sammlung Rolf Ricke, exh. cat., Esslingen am Neckar: Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, 2008 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “By unstretching the canvas, I could pull and contort the material and reattach it to the stretcher, in effect misstretching the paintings, altering the state of the painting. The painting was, in a sense, deformed. This mutant form of deformalized painting gave me a chance to speak about reality through abstract painting, to speak about life.”

    “My paintings are not formalist, nor narrative. My paintings are realist and connected to real life, the social field, in brief: action…All my work deals with disrupting the status quo.”

    (The artist speaking in 1994 and 1995, quoted in A. Avini and B. Thurman, Steven Parrino, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, 2007, pp. 5 and 7)


Creeping Eye

Lacquer on canvas in 4 parts.
Each: 180 × 120 × 25 cm (70 7/8 × 47 1/4 × 9 7/8 in).

£300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for £361,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 October 2011