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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

John Currin
SHERRIE SELLERS
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 312,500 USD
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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

John Currin
SHERRIE SELLERS
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 312,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York

John Currin
B.1962
SHERRIE SELLERS
oil on canvas
34 1/8 by 30 1/8 in. 86.7 by 76.5 cm.
Executed in 1989.
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Provenance

Private Collection
Sadie Coles HQ, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in May 1999

Exhibited

New York, White Columns, White Room: John Currin, December 1989 - January 1990
London, Thomas Dane Gallery, Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, March - April 2007

Catalogue Note

"I first imagined these high-school-girl paintings when I was in my studio in Hoboken. I was so lost, and I didn't know what I wanted to do, and I wasn't living where I wanted to live, and nothing was going right. I remember writing down character studies for the girls in a notebook. I would think of colors, decide what time of day it was, and make a list of the character's attributes. At this time, I read the novel The Horse's Mouth [Joyce Cary, 1944], which had long, beautiful descriptions of the character making figurative paintings, painting feet, and I decided that I wanted to think about those kinds of things when I was painting. My paintings became about giving up on my abstract-painting persona and adopting a repressed vision of myself--very angry, but essentially nice. My expressionism is not violent, it's repression rather than rage. That's what I was trying to capture with these silent girls. Their style also seems non-Western--more like twentieth-century Chinese Communist paintings." John Currin, in Kara Vander Weg, Ed., John Currin, New York 2006, p. 56

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York