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Auction: Contemporary Art Part I
was auctioned on: 14 May 2009
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Anselm Reyle

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Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000
Price realised:  US$170,500
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Anselm Reyle Untitled 2005 PVC foil and acrylic paint on canvas in artist’s acrylic glass box. 118 1/8 x 78 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (300 x 200 x 20 cm).
Provenance Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin Exhibited Zurich, Kunsthalle Zurich, Anselm Reyle: ARS NOVA, January 21 – March 26, 2006 Literature B. Ruf, Anselm Reyle: ARS NOVA, Zurich, 2006, p. 107 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay Berlin based artist Anselm Reyle masters the art of simultaneously blurring the boundaries of high and low art while exploring the possibilities of Modernism and abstraction in freshly relevant ways. The present lot, comprised of readily available and cheap tinted foil arranged to form an abstract relief placed behind an acrylic glass box, freely samples art historical motifs such as minimalism, arte povera, neo-geo, and collage yetmanages to uniquely cement the impersonal ideas of commodifcation of culture within a contemporary context.The artist aims to reclaim kitsch and the cliché to create his own brand of authenticity and does so with a less is more philosophy. With his foil paintings, Reyle successfully demonstrates how few changes it takes to make an object or an idea function in new ways. "Reyle combines colored mylar with matching or contrasting background colors, sometimes even adding spatters of gravitydefying paint. The shrill materials and hues, along with their often large scale, marks a radical shift from any high-art precedents these works may have- particularly the soft white Achromes of Piero Manzoni or the furrowed burlap of Alberto Burri- drawing them closer to low art. For example, the stark contrasts and high-sheen metallics, not to mention their protective Plexi boxes, vaguely hint at slick 1970s decorative schemes. Reyle welcomes such aesthetic impunity and has said that he is perhaps even more interested in subcultural uses of abstraction," (M. Darling, Painting in Tongues, 2006, Los Angeles, pp. 90-91). Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Part I
Date of the auction: 14 May 2009
Address: Phillips
New York