Vaughn Spann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • "Having spent his youth in a New Jersey neighborhood surrounded by Pitbulls, German Shepherds, and other aggressive guard dogs, Spann began to see the Dalmatian (to which he was primarily exposed through cartoons or movies) as a mark of luxury, stability, and an idea of American life that was for him, purely abstract."
    —Night Gallery  


    • Provenance

      Night Gallery, Los Angeles
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Vaughn Spann

      Vaughn Spann is an American contemporary artist whose practice explores the natures of space, memory, and time using the ostensibly competing languages of abstraction and figuration. Approaching his work through traditional formalistic lenses focusing on line, color, and shape, Spann locates subjects from deeply personal spaces and articulates their essences on the painted surface, using metaphysical reflections to question our experiencing of the world around us.

      Spann uses painting to recreate encounters with people and places he finds compelling, gauging their essences when viewed through in retrospect. His experimentations with unconventional materials augments his explorations of personal and historical narratives. Spann lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also received his MFA from Yale University.

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Dalmatian (Denim)

signed, titled, inscribed and dated "Vaughn Spann 2019 "DENIM" DALMATIAN PAINTING" on the reverse
polymer, Flashe, terry cloth, and molding paste on canvas
70 x 70 in. (177.8 x 177.8 cm)
Executed in 2019.

Full Cataloguing

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $151,200

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
New York

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021