Tom Friedman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Feature Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, New Museum, Tom Friedman, October 12, 2001 – February 3, 2002

  • Literature

    Bruce Hainley, Tom Friedman, London, 2001, p. 13 (illustrated)
    Tom Friedman, exh. cat., Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2002, p. 12 (illustrated)
    Tom Friedman: Monsters and Stuff, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, London, pp. 34, 294 (illustrated, p. 35)

  • Artist Biography

    Tom Friedman

    American • 1965

    Tom Friedman is a multimedia artist working mainly in sculpture and works-on-paper. Interested in looking at the thin line between fantasy and autobiography, Friedman often creates works that push viewers into a complicit state of witnessing. His sculptures are composed of a multitude of objects, and he assembles them in such a way as to transform the mundane into an intricate work of art. He combines materials such as Styrofoam, foil, paper, clay, wire, hair and fuzz through a labor-intensive practice that seeks to tell a story, whether about himself or the world at large.

    Friedman's approach to autobiography is not memoiristic. Rather, he takes the smallest moments of his life, like a piece of paper found on the street, and blows it out of proportion.

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toilet paper
4 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (11.7 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm.)
Executed in 1990.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $12,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 450 Park Avenue