Tom Friedman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Saatchi Gallery, London; Private colleciton, New York

  • Exhibited

    Cologne, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Lying on Top of a Building the Clouds Seemed No Nearer than when I was Lying in the Street, May 23-July 8, 1992; New York, Feature, Inc., Tom Friedman, February 9-March 6, 1993; Paris, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Presque Rien, June 11-July 16, 1994; New Haven, Yale University, A&A Gallery, December 5-21, 1994 and Dallas, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas Artist Research and Exhibition, January 20-February 26, 1995; Madison, Wisconsin, Fieldwork/Project Room, Commonwealth Gallery, Hero, March 2-March 31, 1996; Ithaca, Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, August 30-October 26, 1997; Baltimore, Maryland Institute of Art, Meyerhoff Galleries, November 21-December 21, 1997; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, January 28-April 22, 1998; Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, May-June 1998; Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, June 26-August 23, 1998; and Alberta, Edmonton Art Gallery, April 10-June 13, 1999, At the Threshold of the Visible: Miniscule and Small Scale Art, 1964-1996; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, July 8-October 1, 2000; San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, November 4, 2000-January 28, 2001; Aspen Art Museum, February 16-April 15, 2001; Winston-Salem, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, July 14-September 24, 2001; and New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Tom Friedman, p. 27 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    L. Nesbit, "Tom Friedman: Feature", Artforum, New York, Summer 1993, pp. 111-112; B. Hainley, "Next to Nothing: The Art of Tom Friedman", Artforum, New York, November 1995, pp. 4-5, 73-77; L. Liebermann and B. Adams, Young Americans 2: New American Art At the Saatchi Gallery, London, n.p. (illustrated); R. Platt, ed., Tom Friedman, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, 2000, p.27 (illustrated); B. Hainley, D. Cooper, and A. Searle, Tom Friedman, London, 2001, p. 22 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    This work consists of a sphere of one-half millimeter in diameter of the artist’s feces rests precisely centered atop the cubed pedestal.

  • 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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Feces on a wooden pedestal.
Pedestal: 20 x 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm); and feces: 0.5 millimeters.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $42,000

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York