Lot 548
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CHEYNEY THOMPSON | Chromachrome 8 (5BG/5R) diptych

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Cheyney Thompson
  • Chromachrome 8 (5BG/5R) diptych
  • signed on the reverse of the left panel
  • oil on canvas, in two parts
  • each: 24 by 20 1/8 in. 61 by 51.1 cm.
  • Executed in 2009.


Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Private Collection
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

“The materiality of painting is the basis for his Chromachromes (2009), which depict a motif drawn from an enlarged scan of canvas. Thompson’s recursive process merges digital reproduction with the literal support: the woven pattern of the scanned linen is divided into values of highlight, midtone, and dark; it is then hand-painted using complementary colors drawn from Munsell’s system. Each painting is given a unique historical format, including those of an academic portrait painting, a diptych, and a Renaissance tondo…These paintings comment on the historical relations of artistic production (artist and market, labor and value), as well as on the circulation and exchange of commodities and information.” João Ribas, "Metric Pedestal Cabengo Landlord Récit" in Exh. Cat., Cambridge, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Metric Pedestal Cabengo Landlord Récit, 2012, p. 3