Wilhelm Sasnal - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Sasnal’s painting represents a world of ‘third nature’ when it works from photographic and medial models. He finds his sources everywhere: in art publications, television, children’s books, and music videos, or in his immediate surroundings in Tarnów, which he records with a still or video camera. The critique of the media has long since permeated the world of painting. The perception of the environment is a mediated one from the outset, and the truth claim of the painted image is therefore laid to rest in advance. Even if the artist has decided on images as his means of expression, his conception of painting is an instrumental one. He is able, through painting, to substantiate his perception. Nevertheless, the paintings assert themselves as objects by dint of their materiality. The impasto and often virtuoso application of the paint; the often deliberately restrained, black-and-white or muted choice of color; and the extreme selection of details and perspectives (or aerial perspectives): these aspects point again and again to the fact that the object is a painted one. Even if the painting’s distance from the model cannot be established because the latter cannot be immediately identified, these aspects nonetheless make us aware of the process of appropriating the image-object in question as the act and the interest of the painter.” (C. Plath, Wilhelm Sasnal: Night Day Night, Zurich/Munster, 2003, p. 12).


Untitled (Wheels)

Oil on canvas.
39 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (100.3 x 119.7 cm).
Signed and dated "Wilhelm Sasnal 2002" on the reverse.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $192,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York