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    Sale 2836

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

    20 May 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 115

    Claire Fontaine (FRENCH, Founded 2006)

    This neon sign was made by ...

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    Claire Fontaine (FRENCH, Founded 2006)
    This neon sign was made by ...
    signed and dated 'Claire Fontaine/23.02.09' (lower right on the first sheet)
    print and pencil on paper
    29.5 x 21 cm.
    Executed in 2009. This work is unique. (2)


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    A drawing of a neon sign and a quotation of the company Weka Neon, which is necessary should the future buyer like to produce the neonwork.

    Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective artist, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist" and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. But if the artist herself is the subjective equivalent of a urinal or a Brillo box - as displaced, deprived of its use value, and exchangeable as the products she makes - there is always the possibility of what she calls the "human strike." Claire Fontaine uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist in search of subjective emancipation. She grows up among the ruins of the notion of authorship, experimenting with collective protocols of production, détournements, and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property. Recent shows include Grey Flags, The Sculpture Center, New York (2006), Group Therapy, Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano (2006-2007), Incipit, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris (2006) and The Look of Law, University of California, Irvine (2006).

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