Gagosian Gallery, New York Private Collection Phillips, London, 29 June, 2008, Lot 527 Private Collection Blain|Southern, London Acquired from the above by the present owner
“Brown’s enterprise suggests a celebration of painting, of its ambiguity and its tensions, of how it comes into being and how this process might be communicated to the viewer” (Dave Hickey, ‘Prom Night in Flatland. On the Gender of Works of Art’, in: Enter the Dragon. Four Essays on Beauty, Los Angeles,1993, p. 55).
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is lighter and brighter in the original.
This work is in very good condition. The sheets are attached verso to the backing board in numerous places and undulates slightly. All four edges are deckled. There is an artist's pinhole towards the upper two corners of the left hand sheet and towards the upper left corner of the right hand sheet. "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."