Tunga - Latin America New York Monday, November 24, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Rio de Janeiro

  • Artist Biography


    Brazilian • 1952 - 2016

    Tunga was born in Palmares, Brazil and trained as an architect. He chose to pursue a visual arts career, through which he is best known for his subversive sculpture, installations and performances. At only 22, Tunga held his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, drawing the attention of the art world with the title Museu da Masturbação Infantil (Museum of Childhood Masturbation).

    Like this first exhibition, Tunga's works are psychologically charged and influenced by Surrealism and Constructivism. His art is highly conceptual and conveys spatial concerns, often dealing with bodily organs and functions, desires and rituals that he depicted in enigmatic environments, employing non-traditional mediums such as teeth, hair, nets and skulls.

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De nós os Tunga's

watercolor and gold ink on paper, in 3 parts
i) 27 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (68.9 x 12.1 cm.)
ii) 25 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (64.1 x 9.5 cm.)
iii) 27 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (70.2 x 11.4 cm.)

i) Initialed and dated "T 89" lower right.
iii) Signed and titled "de nós os Tunga's" lower edge.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Director of Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 24 November 2014 2pm