Tschabalala Self - New Now London Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Paddle8, UN Women UK Charity Auction, November 2018 (donated by the artist)
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Laird Borrelli-Persson, '10 Great Women Artists Who Inspired the Fall 2018 Collections', Vogue, 21 March 2018
    Zoe Paskett, 'Female artists team up with United Nations for 'the Art of Empowerment', Evening Standard, 26 November 2018

  • Artist Biography

    Tschabalala Self

    American • 1990

    Harlem-born artist Tschabalala Self combines sewing, printing and painting in a singular style that speaks to her experience of contemporary black womanhood. Despite her extensive use of craft methods, Self considers herself to be a painter above all else. Her work is known for exaggerated colors and forms, allowing the personages within to “escape” from society’s narrow perceptions.

    Explaining her practice, the artist stated: “I hope to correct misconceptions propagated within and projected upon the Black body. Multiplicity and possibility are essential to my practice and general philosophy. My subjects are fully aware of their conspicuousness and are unmoved by the viewer. Their role is not to show, explain, or perform but rather ‘to be.’ In being, their presence is acknowledged and their significance felt. My project is committed to this exchange, for my own edification and for the edification of those who resemble me.”

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hand-sewn cotton and tulle on cotton
128.1 x 101.1 cm (50 3/8 x 39 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2018, this work is number 29 from an edition of 30 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £15,625

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London Auction 12 December 2019