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  • Provenance

    Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), Last Drawing Before Mars, 8 May  - 19 June, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Tomland, 2004 is an elegant example of Tal R's vibrant painting style. The artist expertly plays with ideas of two dimensional and perspectival space, always bringing the viewer back to the luscious paint surface. The present lot is composed primarily of geometric shapes, repeating in an almost Arabesque fashion. His reduction of scenes to their most basic forms takes on a deceivingly naive quality, for there is sophisticated content in his work derived from cultural, sexual, and religious sources, as well as his dialogue with recent art history.
    "Tal R's paintings draw on our prior knowledge of the Avant-garde and art developments of the past few decades. This collusion enables the artist to avoid both excessive sophistication and the calculated unconscious of the primitive. It is as if the infantile were a protective mechanism behind which he creates a secretive, often very gloomy pictorial world, full of hidden messages." (V. Loers, ‘Slutspil', Tal R: Fruitland, Mönchengladbach, 2002, n.p.)

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Tomland

2003-2004
Oil, chalk and paper collage on canvas.
250 x 250 cm. (98 x 98 in).
Signed and dated ‘Tal R 03/04' on the reverse.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £82,850

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm
London