Phillips, de Pury & Company, New York, MOCA Los Angeles Benefit Auction, 15 May 2008, Lot 7 (donated by Marian Goodman) Acquired from the above by the present owner
“For most of us photography stands for the truth, but a good artist can make a harder truth by manipulating forms or pushing paint around. It fascinates me how I can manipulate the truth so easily by the way I juxtapose opposites or crop the image or take it out of context" (John Baldessari cited in: Coosje van Bruggen, John Baldessari, New York 1990, p. 56).
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals some minute and unobtrusive superficial scuffs in isolated places to the black. 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."