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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Evocative of the now ubiquitous aerial renderings of the man-made “Palm Islands” created off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, Thomas Scheibitz’s Dubai deals directly and indirectly with themes important to the artist’s work: idealized mechanical forms, commodity signifiers, and visual duplication are the preeminent motifs. Subject matter is often utilized only as a starting point for paintings that eventually resemble futuristic abstracted design. In the present lot, what could be considered as a stylized map is dominated by a diagrammatic floral structure, but painterly grid lines and gravity-defying drips ground the work in the artist’s hand.

    This interplay of prefabricated, geometric subject material, elsewhere evident in Scheibitz’s paintings of suburban housing tracts and anonymous office towers, with an opulent, tight-spectrum color scheme leaves an impression of mechanically generated or computer-realized imagery. The organic, almost intimate feeling Dubai evokes, then, comes down to the artist’s employment of pure, unveiled brushwork and intricately tense textural effect, strung together on a canvas dominated by rigorously historical precedents, among them the golden section and visual push-pull effect.

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Dubai

1999
Oil on canvas.
78 1/2 x 59 1/8 in. (199.4 x 150.2 cm.
Signed, titled and dated "Scheibitz Dubai, 1999" on the reverse.

Estimate
$150,000 - 200,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York