MARK GROTJAHN (B. 1968)
MARK GROTJAHN (B. 1968)
MARK GROTJAHN (B. 1968)
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MARK GROTJAHN (B. 1968)

Untitled (Multicolor Wing Butterfly White Background Dec. 31 666)

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MARK GROTJAHN (B. 1968)
Untitled (Multicolor Wing Butterfly White Background Dec. 31 666)
signed twice, inscribed, titled and dated twice '#666 MARK GROTJAHN UNTITLED (MULTI COLOR 4 WINGS WHITE BACKGROUND DEC 31) 2006 LAST WORK IN 2006 Mark Grotjahn' (on the reverse)
colored pencil on paper
71 1/2 x 48 1/2 in. (181.6 x 123.2 cm.)
Executed in 2006.
Provenance
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2007

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Lot Essay

"The artist's devotion to his distinctive butterfly form recalls the belief of early modern proponents of abstraction in the universal nature of their artistic language. Grotjahn’s continuing exploration, however, reveals his body of work as distinctly personal and shaped by private goals. These butterflies are not meant to be realistic depictions of insects, but the work’s title does suggest a way to read this drawing—as lively waves of color flitting across the page." (G. Lowry, The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights since 1980, New York, 2008, p. 232.)

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