• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2836

    Two in One; Contemporary Art from Witte de With & de Appel

    20 May 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 83

    Vanessa Jane Phaff (BRITISH, B. 1965)

    Stairs/figure

    Price Realised  

    Vanessa Jane Phaff (BRITISH, B. 1965)
    Stairs/figure
    signed with initials 'VJP' (lower right)
    charcoal on paper
    72 x 29 cm.
    Drawn in 2008.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Vanessa Jane Phaff graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 1995. Phaff creates works with linocut on canvas. To the enigma of her 'invisible' technique she adds the enigma of the subjects represented: sour adolescents, girls captured in irritating languor, playful coquetry or grotesque cruelty. In 2001, Phaff's work was shown at Witte de With as part of the group exhibition The People's Art. The same year she was selected for a residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Solo exhibitions include Art Amsterdam, Reuten Galerie, Amsterdam (2008); Spiegelkabinett, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2006); Double Cube, Museum for Contemporary Art, Arnhem (2005); Vanessa Jane Phaff, I-20 Gallery, New York (2004) and Still, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona (2003). She has participated in many group shows including Fairy Tale: Contemporary Art and Enchantment, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, the Chapter Art Center, Cardiff, and the Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (2007); Girlpower and boyhood, Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, the Talbot Rice University Gallery, Edinburgh and the Solvberget, Stavanger Kulturhus, Stavanger (2007); Van Appel tot Zandvliet, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Heerlen (2006); and Orizzonti aperti, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona (2004).

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
    Christie’s charges a premium to the buyer on the Hammer Price of each lot sold at the following rates: 29.75% of the Hammer Price of each lot up to and including €20,000, plus 23.8% of the Hammer Price between €20,001 and €800.000, plus 14.28% of any amount in excess of €800.000. Buyer’s premium is calculated on the basis of each lot individually.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that in the printed catalogue the lefthand and the righthand illustration should be exchanged for the correct presentation.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Witte de With