Terence Koh - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Peres Projects, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, Wiener Secession, Association of Visual Artists, Terrence Koh: Gone, Yet Still, 7 July – 4 September, 2005

  • Literature

    A. Bronson, B. Benderson, B. LaBruce, P. Aarons, S. Momin, Terence Koh: Gone, Yet Still, Vienna, 2005 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the push to ritual that characterizes much recent art, Koh is the consummate sorcerer of the moment. Awash with desire, transformation, death, and loneliness, his work embodies one of the oldest and most necessary of human impulses: the art of the conjurer.The ultimate goal of the conjurer's magic is to make things happen, and to revise and create new meaning in the world according to the magician's desire, yet always with the risk that some result will go terribly awry. Magic has always had rules and frameworks to let us get our way, provided we are privy to the right spells, incantations, and secret ingredients. As we know so well from innumerable stories, however, its invocations are precarious and rarely successful. Koh's version never fails to let us know that the secret interiors of things – whether flesh, glass coffins, black holes, or one's heart, cloaked in perfect, often heartbreakingly empty beauty – can almost never be obtained. But it is enough that he reminds us so well why we all keep trying. (S. Momin, ‘The Infinite Tear', Terence Koh, 2007, n.p.)
    By closing them I make them a universe by themselves. [Terence Koh in reference to his glass vitrine sculptures.] T. Koh, Interview with Boris Pofalla, taken from www.flasher.com


Gone, Yet Still (Untitled 2)

Mixed media installation comprised of paint, plaster, wax and organic materials in 17 glass vitrines.
Installation dimensions variable; approximately as illustrated:
210 x 107 x 150 cm. (82 3/4 x 42 1/8 x 59 in).

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm