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    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    7 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 317

    Andreas Gursky (B. 1955)

    Brasilia, Plenarsaal

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    Andreas Gursky (B. 1955)
    Brasilia, Plenarsaal
    signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Brasilia Plenarsaal 1994 3/5 Andreas Gursky’ (on the reverse)
    chromogenic print flush-mounted on acrylic in artist’s frame
    image: 32 ½ x 50 3/8in. (82.5 x 128cm.)
    sheet: 44 ¾ x 62 ½in. (113.7 x 168.5cm.)
    Executed in 1994, this work is number three from an edition of five

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    “You never notice arbitrary details in my work. On a formal level, countless interrelated micro and macrostructures are woven together, determined by an overall organizational principle. A closed microcosm which, thanks to my distanced attitude towards my subject, allows the viewer to recognize the hinges that hold the system together.”—A. GURSKY,quoted in L. Cooke, ‘Andreas Gursky: Visionary (Per)Versions’, in Andreas Gursky: Photographs from 1984 to the Present, ed. M.L. Syring, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Munich 1998, p. 14

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    Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1995


    N. Wakefield,’’Brasilia’ Vanishing Points’, in Parkett No. 44, Zurich 1995 (illustrated on the cover and p. 79).
    D. Rimanelli, ‘Andreas Gursky’, in Artforum, May 1995 (another from the edition, illustrated, p. 96).
    E. Janus, Veronica’s Revenge-Contemporary Perspectives on Photography, Zurich, 1998, p. 124.
    K. Siegel, ‘Consuming Vision’, in Artforum, January 2001 (another from the edition, illustrated, p. 112).
    J. Rian, ‘Andreas Gursky’s Orientations: Toward a Spiritual Energy Center’, in Flash Art, 2006, no. 187, p. 92.


    Dusseldorf, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Andreas Gursky-Photographs from 1984 to the Present, 1998, p. 49 (another from the edition exhibited).
    Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum, Andreas Gursky. Fotografien 1994-1998, 1998-1999 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, pp. 20-21). This exhibition later travelled to Winterthur, Fotomuseum; London, Serpentine Gallery; Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Turin, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo and Lisbon, Centro Cultural de Belém.
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Landmark Pictures: Ed Ruscha/Andreas Gursky Part I, 2000 (another from the edition exhibited).
    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Andreas Gursky, 2001, no. 31 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated in colour, pp. 118-119).