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ARTISTS FOR MOCA: AN AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

Rob Pruitt
GO AWAY (SUNSET)
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
415

ARTISTS FOR MOCA: AN AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

Rob Pruitt
GO AWAY (SUNSET)
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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New York

Rob Pruitt
B.1964
GO AWAY (SUNSET)
acrylic, enamel and glitter on linen
96 by 72 in. 243.8 by 182.9 cm.
Executed in 2013.
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Provenance

Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise

Catalogue Note

Known for his beloved pandas and his masterful gradient works, Go Away (Sunset) is one of only ten paintings in which Rob Pruitt combines two of his most iconic series.  The result is a mesmerizing field of color, comprising of the seemingly infinite tonal variations of an idyllic sunset.  The viewer is immediately drawn to the incandescent gradation of color that forges an exceptionally vibrant occupation of the pictorial space, making the panda's presence clearer and more profound as it sits juxtaposed against a background of pre-twilight hues. 

Through his use of acrylic, enamel and glitter, Pruitt creates a limitless realm of sumptuous color that envelops the viewer, bringing life to the panda perched in a tree.  Texture, color and structure are deployed with spectacular sensitivity to engender a seductive painterly synthesis visually aligned to an exquisite and strikingly atmospheric evocation.  It is as if we are being given the opportunity to bask in a moment, just before darkness, that we all wish could last forever.  The inclusion of an endangered species only accentuates the ephemerality of our everyday being, that we should give pause, even if such extraordinary moments are a daily occurrence.

For Pruitt pandas have played a wide range of roles and taken on different personalities, from playful cartoonish depictions to more abstracted forms like in the present work. While the overtly serene connotations of this tranquil palette immediately imbue a calm and even peaceful response, there is no single aspect to this work’s character and the viewer may concurrently sense a deeper more portentous tone, the duality of which invests this painting with a supreme sophistication not always associated with Pruitt’s work, but is ever present. 

 

“As a child, you don’t intellectualize your passions — they wash over you. Fast-forward to being an adult and an artist: I found that the panda was a symbol that not only had deep personal relevance but also addressed larger issues. It’s a symbol that teaches us to revere nature, to tread lightly and compassionately.” Rob Pruitt

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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New York