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AGUS SUWAGE
(Indonesian, B. 1959)
Luxury Crime
gold-plated brass, stainless steel and rice sculpture
75 x 53 x 103 cm. (29 1?2 x 20 7?8 x 40 1?2 in.)
edition of 3
Executed in 2007-2009
Literature
Enin Supriyanto, Still Crazy After All These Years, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, 2010 (illustrated, cover, p. 438, 550 & 662).
Exhibited
Paris, France, ARTPARIS, 31 March-3 April 2011.
Bandung, Indonesia, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Still Crazy After All These Years, October-November 2009 (different edition exhibited).
Jogjakarta, Indonesia, Jogja National Museum, Still Crazy After All These Years, July 2009 (different edition exhibited).
Bandung, Indonesia, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Imagining Asia: 22nd Asian International Art Exhibition (AIAE), November-December 2007 (different edition exhibited).

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Lot Essay

Agus Suwage is one of Indonesia's most widely-exhibited artists. Having studied communication design at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Suwage initially went into graphic design before making his foray into art. He has participated in hundreds of museum and gallery exhibitions around the world, including Asia Pacific Biennial in 1996, Singapore Biennial in 2006 and most recently, a retrospective at the Jogjakarta Art Museum in 2009, which was accompanied by a comprehensive monograph of his work, Still Crazy After All These Years. Having a practice of more than two decades long now, Suwage's works have continuously explored the human condition and reflected upon the notion of mortality. Other major threads in Suwage's works include his commentary on socio-political developments in Indonesia as well as his commentary on the art world and reflections upon the self as artist.

This season, Christie's is pleased to present two iconic works of Suwage to market that engages two of his most popular arena of questioning as an artist.

Merayakan Seni Kontemporer I (Celebrating Contemporary Art I) (Lot 447) is Suwage's deadpan critique of the contemporary art world, a system in which truth, criticism and acclaim is oftentimes unproblematically wielded together. Responding to the generally positive mood for the development of contemporary art in Indonesia in the early 2000s, Suwage exposes the endless stream of celebratory confetti being conferred on the emerging contemporary artists.

Luxury Crime (Lot 446) is one of Suwage's most iconic works that tackles the existential and philosophical questions around mortality. Suwage has observed in the past that "creating or producing artwork resembles therapy. In a more universal and spiritual approach, reflecting on the very essence of my personal issues gives way to self-therapy. I analyze things through self-introspection. Luxury Crime imagines the fabled after-life of one who has enjoyed life and continues to seek in its earthly pleasures. What is transcendental and what is material? And who shall judge others on the basis of one's own value system?"
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