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  • Provenance

    Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I have become interested in when something starts as an accident and then becomes a template for other things, or reproduces itself and generates its own logic until something else intervenes to change it." Wade Guyton

    In only pure black ink, Guyton’s Untitled, 2010, possesses a simple, powerful monochromatic composition, where the presence of the areas filled in by the inkjet “paint” of the printer contrast strikingly with the absence of the unpainted, primed areas. This series of work was initially conceived in response to a failure in a previous series whereby the large “X” form Guyton was attempting to print would not register on the pre-primed linen; seeking to make use of the foiled works, Guyton printed over them with a simple, monolithic black rectangle. Repeatedly feeding the linen through a large format Epson printer, Guyton created a striking image that is nothing so much as the means of its own production. Simple lines of black repeat upon the surface of the “painting”, placed at regular intervals by the hypnotizing carriage of the inkjet printer. Untitled derives its optically arresting and unique quality from the slippages and errors of this painting-printing machine – as each smear, drip and smudge assumes a powerful visual impact. The work is never wholly defined by the final visual result, but rather, the piece traces its own development and that of Guyton’s unique process of “painting.” Establishing Guyton’s bona fides within the radical developments within the western contemporary canon, Ann Temkin noted that, "Pollock flung it; Rauschenberg silkscreened it; Richter took a squeegee; Polke used chemicals. Wade is working in what by now is a pretty venerable tradition, against the conventional idea of painting" (A. Temkin quoted in, R. Smith, “Dots, Stripes, Scans: Wade Guyton at the Whitney Museum of American Art.” New York Times, October 4, 2012). An intimately scaled, powerful composition, Untitled, 2010, manifests and reinforces all those qualities of Guyton’s oeuvre which have established him as one of the foremost contemporary artist’s working today.



Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen
34 x 24 in. (86.4 x 61 cm)
Signed and dated "Wade Guyton 2010" along the overlap.

$180,000 - 220,000 

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New Now Evening Sale

New York Auction 29 February 2016 6pm