Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York Acquired form the above by the present owner in 2000
"The people I paint don't exist. The only thing that's real is the painting. It's not like a photograph where there's another reality that existed at a certain moment in time in the past. The image is only happening right now and this is the only version of it" (John Currin in conversation with Rochelle Steiner, in: Exh. Cat., Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, John Currin, 2003, p. 77).
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the overall tonality is slightly lighter and brighter in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals evidence of light handling along the edges. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."