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Auction: Photographs
was auctioned on: 3 November 2011
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Andreas Gefeller

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Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
ca. US$9,486 - US$12,648
Price realised:  £7,500
ca. US$11,857
Lot number 95, Views: 27

Andreas Gefeller Poles 07 from Japan 2010 Inkjet print. 150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in). Signed, titled, dated and numbered in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs.
Provenance Private Collection, Europe Literature M. Kikuta, ed., European Eyes on Japan | Japan Today, vol. 12, 2010, p. 11; Andreas Gefeller The Japan Series, Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2011, p. 35 Catalogue Essay The Japan series (2010) is the latest series by Andreas Gefeller following Supervisions (2002–09). It originated in the project ‘European Eyes on Japan’, for which European photographers are invited annually to work in this Far Eastern country. The series focus is on electricity poles. Gefeller photographs electricity posts in at least two single upward views from a perpendicular position. In the subsequent digital assemblage the pole disappears and innumerable cables and electricity transformers are converted into an autonomous and abstract composition that spreads in front of a monochrome background. The absence of points of reference and orientation opens up a new perspective on familiar situations. Thus, the poles transcend their original context in order to awaken associations of underground railway plans, autoroute intersections or night photographs of a city’s pulsating traffic arteries. Correspondences to drawing-related concepts such as calligraphy are not merely coincidental, but are supported by the artist’s choice of the printing technique and paper. Gefeller’s most recent photo works have become increasingly formal and structural, attesting to striking pictorial qualities. More than ever, he engages in the field of tension between nature and urbanity, reality and fiction as well as order and chaos. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Photographs
Date of the auction: 3 Nov 2011
Address: Phillips
London