Sylvie Fleury - Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale New York Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I’m always dealing with the superficiality of things, but I try to do it in a deeper way.”

    Drawing attention to the interchangeable consumption of mass-production, luxury goods, and high-art, Sylvie Fleury proposes a distinct participation and celebration of the consumer. Recognized for her exuberant study of binaries, explorations of muscle cars, consumerism, and formula one babes, are not so much juxtaposed as they are
    synthesized. Eternal Wow on Shelf, 2007, references the metallic surfaces of Donald Judd, only with fluid blobs, languidly adorning each of the seven shelves. The metallic forms seem to defy gravity, hovering yet not quite spilling-over. Fleury’s Eternal Wow on Shelf, 2007, can be interpreted as an endless pursuit of the aesthetic, and the fleeting satisfaction attained from retail shelves; the reflective surfaces which mirror the insatiable appetite of consumer culture and the transient nature of desire.

    Fleury’s references apply as much to consumer products as they apply to art history, “The system has collapsed, as it has in other areas, and I believe we are now at liberty to rummage about in the free world as we might in a basket of goods.” (Sylvie Fleury, in “Sylvie Fleury”, Women Artists: In the 20th and 21st Century, Uta Grosenick, Taschen, 2001, p. 132)


Eternal Wow on Shelf (cyan/purple)

polished stainless steel, fiberglass, and car paint
each: 7 5/8 x 31 ½ x 25 5/8 in. (20 x 80 x 65 cm)
overall: 110 1/4 x 31 ½ x 25 5/8 in. (280 x 80 x 65 cm)

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Almine Rech Gallery.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $80,500

Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

7 March 2013
New York