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PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Andreas Gursky
DUBAI WORLD II
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PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Andreas Gursky
DUBAI WORLD II
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Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
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Andreas Gursky
B.1955
DUBAI WORLD II
signed on the reverse; signed on a label affixed to the backing board
c-print, in artist's frame
121 by 87 3/4 in. 307.3 by 222.9 cm.
Executed in 2007 and printed in 2012, this work is number 5 from an edition of 6.
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Provenance

White Cube, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

Catalogue Note

“I am never interested in the individual, but in the human species and its environment.”  Andreas Gursky

During the 1980s, Andreas Gursky emerged as one of the leading figures among a group of German photographers schooled by the eminent professors Bernd and Hilla Becher. The Bechers' teaching concentrated on the formal structure and documentary aspects of photography. Absorbing their systemically objective and rigorously conceptual style, Andreas Gursky's art provides a poetic commentary on our world, consisting of a series of monumental, animated vitrines, which highlight our relative insignificance within the magnitude of our surroundings. Gursky once remarked, "I want my motifs to look as though I could have photographed them anywhere. The places are not meant to be specifically described, but are meant to function more as metaphors. I am interested in global viewpoints in today's social utopias." (Exh. Cat., Kunstmuseum Basel, Andreas Gursky, 2007, p. 85)

Standing before Andreas Gursky's formidable Dubai World II from 2007, the viewer is immediately daunted by the power of the artist's vision and the labyrinthine depths to the mastery of his craft. In his large-scale, color photographs, the effect of capitalism and globalization on contemporary life are often focal themes prevalent throughout the artist’s oeuvre. The present photograph references the controversial project started by Nakheel Properties in the United Arab Emirates, where a group of artificial islands, collectively called “Dubai World,” are made to look like the shape of the world’s continents from a birds-eye-view. The project became a warning against excess when in 2008, the financial crisis hit and most of these properties went unsold and deserted – some even sinking back into sea before any construction of planned resorts started.

The work is a seminal culmination of the artist's profound recourse to the digital process of image making. One of the first contemporary photographers to employ new photo editing technologies in order to manipulate and alter his large scale photographs, the genius of Gursky lies in the fact that while the audience may be aware that the image has been manipulated, they are kept in the dark as to which and how much the elements have been altered. We are forced to accept the inauthentic qualities in a seemingly objective reality.

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