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Matthew Monahan (B. 1972)

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Matthew Monahan (B. 1972)

Untitled (Red Figure)

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Matthew Monahan (B. 1972) Untitled (Red Figure) oil-based ink on paper 66½ x 30in. (169 x 76.2cm.) Executed in 2000
Provenance
Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005.
Exhibited
New York, Anton Kern Gallery, Matthew Monahan, 2005.
London, Royal Academy of Arts, USA TODAY New American Art from The Saatchi Gallery, 2006-2008 (illustrated in colour, p. 276). This exhibition later travelled to St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage.
London, Saatchi Gallery, The Shape of Things to Come, 2011 (illustrated in colour, p. 417).
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Lot Essay

Matthew Monahan's Untitled (Red Figure) exposes his conception of the body in sculptural terms. Engineering a figure as a plan of interlocking shapes, Monahan contemplates the essence of representation and construction: dissecting the body's proportion into mathematically precise components, its fractured form reminiscent of the process of folding in his three-dimensional works. Through this dehumanised treatment, Monahan's figure takes on chilling effect. Painted red, his figure is visceral and mechanical, futuristic and primal, relating both exoticism and menace.

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