Urs Fischer - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Gagosian Gallery, Urs Fischer: schmutz schmutz, 5 April - 26 May 2012 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Urs Fischer, exh. cat., The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2013, pp. 400-401 (another example illustrated, p. 401)

  • Catalogue Essay

    'I’ve made large-scale works since 1993. It has more to do with your mind and the radius of your action. Things that have to do with space have to do with space; things that have to do with what’s in front of you, which is the radius of your shoulder and arm when you sit, are small. Then you can stand up and do this kind of thing [reaches out] so there’s a more human-sized, direct thing. And that’s what art is. To dig any deeper as to why someone uses big or small things, it doesn’t matter, because ultimately everything can be equally efficient in your mind. The physical size of the work doesn’t make it big or small.' - Urs Fischer

Property from a Distinguished Los Angeles Collection


Nail Solo

galvanised cast bronze, cast bronze, washers, screws, wash primer, polyurethane filler, polyester filler, polyester putty, one-component fill primer, waterborne base coat and polyurethane matte clearcoat, in 2 parts
184 x 50 x 91 cm (72 1/2 x 19 5/8 x 35 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2012, this work is artist's proof number 1 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £118,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019