• Sale 1107

    Post-War and Contemporary Art (Day Auction)

    14 February 2013, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    Kelley Walker (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Kelley Walker (b. 1969)
    Untitled
    laser-cut steel and gold leaf
    diameter: 58in. (147.3cm.)
    Executed in 2006


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    The recycling logo is an emblem within Walker's artistic practice, referencing his endless transformation and re-use of raw cultural material. Providing an informal manifestation of recycling as a philosophy and phenomenon, the appropriated logo physically reframes the world around it, its arrows continuously pointing to the recycling of time, space and material. More so, the recycling sign also points to the slippery networks of distribution and circulation to which Walker's work addresses, particularly the ubiquity of visual imagery within our own culture. A contemporary Pop Culture symbol, Walker sees the recycling sign as a symbol of indoctrination, stating 'I am thinking of printed matter as a raw material with traces of history. The logo has an aura of propaganda that interests me.'
    (K. Walker, quoted in V. Pécoil, 'Printed Matter', in Flash Art, March-April 2006, reproduced at: http://www.flashartonline.com/interno.php?pagina=articolo_det&id_art=33 &det=ok&title=KELLEY-WALKER).

    Provenance

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
    Anon. sale, Christie's New York, 11 March 2009, lot 35.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    IMAGINATION BECOMES REALITY
    A SELECTION OF WORKS FROM THE GOETZ COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITY PROJECTS