17 May 2001,
Price realised USD 99,500
USD 40,000 - USD 60,000
Thomas Demand (b. 1964)
signed, numbered and dated 'Thomas Demand 1995 5/5' (on the reverse)
chromogenic print on photographic paper and Diasec
72¼ x 94½ in. (184 x 240 cm.)
Executed in 1995. This work is number five from an edition of five.
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Each of Thomas Demand's life-sized sets are entirely constructed from paper. Modeled with excruciating detail from Archive photos, Demand chooses to reconstruct 'crime scenes' with forensic accuracy: each treated with the same documentary sense of suspicion, suspension and qualm.
Büro is the remnants of the Stasi (Secret Police) HQ after it was raided by angry East German mobs searching for their personal files during the iron curtain collapse in 1989. Today everyone has the right to see there own file and copies can be ordered from the government.
(c) Patricia Ellis 'Notorious'.
Victoria Miro Gallery, London
F. Bonami, F. Quintin and R. Durand, Thomas Demand, Paris 2000, pp. 8-9 (illustrated)
Kunsthalle Zurich; and Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Thomas Demand, March-September 1998
Dina Zhang, Regional Senior Specialist, explains how Hong Kong’s fusion of East and West has inspired the curation of FIRST OPEN | Hong Kong on 29 March
Valérie Hess on the erotic — and semi-autobiographical — sculpture considered a masterpiece of the artist's late career