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Robert Colescott (1925-2009)
The Phone Call
signed and dated 'R Colescott 78' (lower right)
oil on canvas
84 x 65 3/8 in. (213.4 x 166.1 cm.)
Painted in 1978.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, 1980
C. Brown, "Robert Colescott—Humor Through Inversion," Artweek, 16 September 1978, p. 3.
San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Robert Colescott: Recent Paintings, August-September 1978.

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Lot Essay

"I discover the nuanced sophistication in his raucous imagery. It's like hearing a jazz master transform some silly pop tune that, thus estranged, begins to seem not so silly after all. Colescott rips into crude iconography to free crazy energies it entombs." (P. Schjeldahl, "The Social Comedian," Village Voice, 28 May 1998).

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