Podium Figure

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  • Provenance

    Jason McCoy Inc., New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)

  • Artist Bio

    Tom Otterness

    American • 1952

    In 1977, American sculptor Tom Otterness started to make waves in the art world when he filmed himself shooting his dog to his death. The piece established him as a risk-taking artist, not afraid to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable.

    Yet the controversial work would eventually haunt him for years, particularly as shows of violence became scarce in an increasingly modern society. Veering off in a diametrically opposite direction, Otterness started working with lost wax and bronze to create public art installations. Often inhabiting parks, center squares and transportation infrastructures, Otterness' sculptures tend towards the comedic. They are cartoonish and cheeky, nodding at art history, pop culture, capitalism, greed and satire. To date, Otterness is one of the most successful public artists world-wide.

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Podium Figure

incised with the artist's signature, number and date "© T. OTTERNESS 90 1/3" and stamped with the Tallix foundry mark on the base
bronze
31 1/4 x 29 x 14 1/2 in. (79.4 x 73.7 x 36.8 cm.)
Executed in 1990, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Contact Specialist
John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
New York
+1 212 940 1261

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Morning Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019