Lot 13
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Raymond Hains

200,000 - 300,000 EUR
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  • Raymond Hains
  • Untitled
  • signed and dated 1967 on the reverse
  • torn posters on metal 
  • 150 x 200 cm; 56 9⁄16 x 78 3⁄4 in.
  • Executed in 1967.


Jean Larcade, Paris 
Private collection, Paris
Sale: Artcurial, Paris, Art Contemporain.1, 21 October 2007, lot 117
Private collection 
Sale: Artcurial, Paris, Contemporary Art 1, 6 December 2010, lot 36
Collection Alain & Candice Fraiberger

Catalogue Note

"Dialectician of palisades." This is what Raymond Hains proclaimed himself. The artist plays with words, invents his own charades and associations of ideas. His works are like many ways to dismantle language, to create "sidewalk sculptures" (Raymond Hains). The artist interprets lettrism his own way and manages to capture moments of life through posters, tags and graffiti. "Hains works, breathes and rips off" (Claude Rivière). The balance of his artworks comes from the continual back and forth between a seemingly playful and colorful universe and its destructive underside. Raymond Hains's use of urban vocabulary in his creation has turned him into a leading figure of New Realism, which manifesto he signed on October 27th 1960. His palisades confront viewers with fragments of cities and give shape to a unique urban abstraction.