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    Sale 12245

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    7 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 306

    Rebecca Warren (B. 1965)


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    Rebecca Warren (B. 1965)
    hand-painted reinforced clay on painted MDF plinth
    15 3/8 x 14 5/8 x 13in. (39 x 37 x 33cm.)
    Executed in 2005

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    “Far from delicate, Warren’s heavy clay mounds carry the memory of being tugged, pulled, pressed and kneaded like dough. Hand-painted colours playfully dance around their raw curves and indentations, reminding us that these are not meteorite-like masses torn from a greater whole but embryonic sculpture holding ‘the promise of shape’. Incomplete forms spur fanciful imaginings of plants, humans, clouds, insects and more. The colours are suggestive of a child in an arts and crafts class haphazardly applying a messy palette, as well as an artist steadfastly refusing to pleasure viewers’ senses."—E. COOKE,‘Rebecca Warren’, in Frieze, 01 January 2011, https://frieze.com/article/rebecca-warren-0, [accessed 12 September 2016]

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    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.


    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005.


    B. Curiger, Rebecca Warren: Every Aspect of Bitch Magic, London 2012 (illustrated in colour, p. 115; installation view at Matthew Marks Gallery illustrated in colour, pp. 104-106).


    New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Pas de Deux, 2005.