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  • The Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.

    The present work arrives at auction from the collection of pioneering Virginia-based philanthropists Pamela and William Royall, prominent collectors of 20th century and contemporary art in the American South. The collection reflects their broad interests, from well-known artists from the 20th century to emerging and established Black artists. Committed arts patrons and forces of change in Richmond, the Royalls spearhead the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s recent acquisition of Wiley’s sculpture Rumors of War as board members of the institution and were instrumental to the museum’s expansion of the diversity of its collection. Believing in a vision of greater inclusivity for Richmond, the Royalls established a non-profit art gallery for the collection, Try-me, which was open without charge to the public, which fostered a space for local artists and education.

    • Provenance

      Friedman Benda, New York
      Acquired from the above by the above by the present owners

    • Exhibited

      New York, Friedman Benda, Titus Kaphar: Classical Disruption, February 17 - April 2, 2011, p. 46 (illustrated and erroneously dated, p. 30)
      Richmond, Wilton House Museum, Anywhere But Now, November 7, 2014 - January 15, 2015

    • Artist Biography

      Titus Kaphar

      Titus Kaphar’s work questions the nature of history and its representations in the past and today. By altering the materiality of his paintings, sculptures, and installations, Kaphar subverts conventional understandings of historical representations and exposes the uncomfortable and troubling realities of the racism in America’s past. Kaphar’s examinations of historical representations and the omissions of such representations encourage viewers to question their own relationships to history and understandings of the past. He strives to dislodge history from the past and to promote its relevance in the world today. 

      Kaphar’s work has received considerable acclaim, and his paintings have graced two covers of Time magazine. He is the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship and his work is represented in such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, and the Perez Art Museum Miami. He lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

       
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Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.

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Memory Fails

signed and dated "Kaphar 10" lower right
oil on canvas and tar on panel, with antique frame
46 x 66 in. (116.8 x 167.6 cm)
Executed in 2010.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $327,600

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
New York

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York 8 December 2020