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    Sale 9360

    Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)

    16 May 2000, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 48

    Christopher Williams (b. 1956)

    Angola to Vietnam

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    Christopher Williams (b. 1956)
    Angola to Vietnam
    each signed and numbered '4/5' on the reverse
    complete portfolio--twenty-seven gelatin silver prints on Agfa Insignia
    each: 14 x 11in. (35.5 x 28cm.)
    Executed in 1989. This work is number four from an edition of five with three artist's proofs.


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    Angola to Vietnam is a portfolio of twenty-seven black and white photographs of glass botanical models shot in reference to Karl Blossfeldt's style. For Angola to Vietnam, Christopher Williams accessed the label files of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models housed in the Botanical Museum of Harvard University, and subjected the eight hundred and forty-seven entries he found to a rigid selection process or 'filter', as he calls it. He reordered the exisiting taxonomic classification of the collection to classification by country of origin, and selected the twenty-seven specimens that coincided with an Amnesty International list of countries practicing the terror tactic of 'disapperance':

    1. Angola, 1989
    Blaschka Model 439, 1894
    Family, Sterculiaceae
    Cola acuminata

    2. Argentina, 1989
    Blaschka Model 289, 1892
    Family, Solanaceae
    Nierembergia gracilis
    Nierembergia calycina

    3. Bolivia, 1989
    Blaschka Model 268, 1892
    Family, Begoniaceae
    Begonia boliviensis

    4. Brazil, 1989
    Blaschka Model 104, 1889
    Family, Leguminosae
    Erythrina Crista-galli

    5. Central African Republic, 1989
    Blaschka Model 783, 1923
    Family, Ochnaceae
    Ochna multiflora

    6. Chile, 1989
    Blaschka Model 180, 1890
    Family, Scrophulariaceae
    Calceolaria scabiosaefolia

    7. Colombia 1989
    Blaschka Model 158, 1890
    Family, Cucurbitaceae
    Cyclanthera pedata

    8. Dominican Republic, 1989
    Blaschka Model 601, 1896
    Family, Euphorbiaceae
    Hura crepitans

    9. El Salvador, 1989
    Blaschka Model 639, 1898
    Family, Verbenaceae
    Petrea volubilis

    10. Ethiopia, 1989
    Blaschka Model 478, 1894
    Family, Rubiaceae
    Coffea arabica

    11. Guatemala, 1989
    Blaschka Model 227, 1891
    Family, Orchidaceae
    Lycaste Skinneri

    12. Haiti, 1989
    Blaschka Model 601, 1896
    Family, Euphorbiaceae
    Hura crepitans

    13. Honduras, 1989
    Blaschka Model 469, 1894
    Family, Meliaceae
    Cedrela odorata

    14. Indonesia, 1989
    Blaschka Model 693, 1903
    Family, Musaceae
    Musa paradisiaca
    subsp. sapientum

    15. Lebanon, 1989
    Blaschka Model 770, 1906
    Family, Moraceae
    Ficus Carica

    16. Mexico, 1989
    Blaschka Model 160, 1890
    Family, Compositae
    Dahlia pinnata
    Dahlia variabilis

    17. Namibia, 1989
    Blaschka Model 95, 1889
    Family, Crassulaceae
    Cotyledon orbiculata

    18. Nicaragua, 1989
    Blaschka Model 424, 1894
    Family, Anacardiaceae
    Anacardium occidentale

    19. Paragua, 1989
    Blaschka Model 494, 1894
    Family, Palmae
    Arecastrum RomanzoffianumR var. australe
    cocos australis

    20. Peru, 1989
    Blaschka Model 180, 1890
    Family, Scrophulariaceae
    Calceolaria scabiosaefolia

    21. Philippines, 1989
    Blaschka Model 387, 1893
    Family, Malvaceae
    Gossypium herbaceum
    Gossypium Nanking

    22. South Africa, 1989
    Blaschka Model 95, 1889
    Family, Crassulaceae
    Cotyledon orbiculata

    23. Sri Lanka, 1989
    Blaschka Model 694, 1903
    Family, Musaceae
    Musa rosacea

    24. Togo, 1989
    Blaschka Model 439, 1894
    Family, Sterculiaceae
    Cola acuminata

    25. Uganda, 1989
    Blascha Model 482, 1894
    Family, Leguminosae
    Cajanus Cajan
    Cajanus indicus

    26. Uruguay, 1989
    Blaschka Model 175, 1890
    Family, Solanaceae
    Browallia viscosa

    27. Vietnam, 1989
    Blaschka Model 272, 1892
    Family, Cucurbitaceae
    Luffa cylindrica

    Provenance

    Galerie Crousel-Robelin, Bama, Paris
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne


    Literature

    C. Williams, Angola to Vietnam, Gent 1989, pls. 1-27 (illustrated)
    T. Martin, 'Undressing the Institutional Wound', Christopher Williams--For Example: Die Welt is Schön (Final Draft), Rotterdam 1997, pp. 38-39


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Crousel-Robelin, Bama Christopher Williams, 1989 (another set exhibited)
    Tokyo, Person's Weekend Museum, Christopher Williams, April-June 1993, p. 45 (Lebanon illustrated p. 4, another set exhibited)