Sylvie Fleury - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Art & Public, Geneva

  • Exhibited

    Museum für Neue Kunst ZKM Karlsruhe, Sylvie Fleury 49 000, June 6 – August 26, 2001; Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Customized: Art Inspired by Hot Rods, Low Riders, and American Car Culture, October 25 – December 31, 2000 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    U. Gehring, R. Melcher, and A. Schalhorn, Sylvie Fleury 49 000, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2001, n.p. (illustrated); N. Donnelly, ed, Customized: Art Inspired by Hot Rods, Low Riders and American Culture, New York, 2000, p. 92 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury explores the sterotype that cars are gerrally a male outlet for customization and fashion a female one. Her installations explore the intersection of cars and makeup, masculine and the feminine, destructive force and acquired beauty, as they are manifested in art, fashion and popular culture. Each is concerned with modification; each has become a sign of individual taste and affluence. Using various customization procedures such as chroming or flaming, Fleury manages to evoke a female version of car culture and gives it a hot rod aesthetic.

    Fleury uses customization materials… and gives cars a sexy look and feel. She bagan chroming fashion objects such as stilettos, Hermes purses and a bottle of Chanel no.5 and later chromed engines and tires. Fleury places these classics from the realm of fashion and the car world onto pedestals to elevate their status, transporting them into a new context and transforming them into high art…a process for transforming normal objects into magical icons of customization.” (N. Donnelly, “Fiona Banner, Sylvie Fleury, Richard Prince”, Customized: Art Inspired by Hot Rods, Low Riders and American Car Culture, New York, 2000, n.p.)


400 Dodge

Chromed bronze.
28 3/4 x 25 3/8 x 26 3/4 in. (73 x 64.5 x 67.9 cm).
Signed “Sylvie Fleury” and numbered of four on the underside of the engine. This work is from an edition of four.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £26,400

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm