Tomislav Mikulić - Ex-Machina: A History of Generative Art London Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Herbert and Tom was created in 2011 on a vintage Calcomp drum plotter on A3 size paper which was trimmed to fit on the original plotter drum. It depicts an algorithmic portrait of Herbert W. Franke and Tomislav Mikulić, based on a photograph taken of the two artists in Bremen in 2007. Mikulić's use of cubes in perspective is deeply symbolic and nostalgic, as Franke included a drawing generated by this same concept in the catalogue of the first Ars Electronica exhibition in 1979 in Linz. More than 25 years after Ars Electronica, the artists reunited in Bremen, to celebrate the opening of Ex-Machina, the exhibition of computer graphic drawings from Franke's collection which was donated to the Kunsthalle Bremen. 


    Cover of the Ars Electronia Catalogue, 1979


    • Provenance

      The artist

    • Exhibited

      Bremen, Kunsthalle Bremen, Wunder Kammer Musik: Die Sammlungen der Kunsthalle Bremen 1994-2011 und darüber hinaus, 2011, pp. 215 and 221 (illustrated)


Herbert and Tom

signed 'Mikulić' lower right, titled 'HERBERT AND TOM' lower center and with the artist's blindstamp lower left
computer-generated ink on trimmed plotter paper
28.5 x 42 cm (11 1/4 x 16 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2011, this work is unnumbered from a series of 4. The others from the series are in the collection of Herbert W. Franke, the Kunsthalle Bremen, and the artist.

Full Cataloguing

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £3,024

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Ex-Machina: A History of Generative Art

Online Auction 13-20 July 2022