• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 7835

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction

    12 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 165

    Jack Pierson (b. 1960)


    Price Realised  


    Jack Pierson (b. 1960)
    found metal and plastic letterforms
    22 5/8 x 83in. (57.5 x 210.8cm.)
    Executed in 1991

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    Created in 1991 the same year that the artist began his now iconic letter-form works, Feelings demonstrates Pierson's minimalist approach to text as art through assemblages of found outdoor signage. Much like Carl Andre's typewriter drawings, Pierson finds a simple beauty in the use of a single word. However, unlike Andre who repeats a word continuously, Pierson emblazons a word or words largely on a wall which elicits from the viewer a distinct association. '[He] approaches his work in various media from the perspective of a photographer or filmmaker capturing the life of his alter ego.... Viewed together, his photographs, word sculptures, paintings and drawings are the poetic redemption of his past. Each tells a story of love, desire, loss, hope, or loneliness' (B. Clearwater, exh. cat., Jack Pierson: Regrets, Miami 2002). Feelings is a meta-example of Pierson's mission as the very definition of all that he wishes to express.

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    Simon Watson, New York.
    Anon. sale, Christie's New York, 16 May 2000, lot 17.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    G. Goodrow, P. Weiermair and Y. Dziewior, Jack Pierson: The Lonely Life, Zurich 1997 (illustrated, pp. 24-25).


    Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Exposure; Recent Acquisitions, The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, November 2000-February 2001 (illustrated, p. 27).