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Rebecca Warren
B. 1965
FASCIA III
bronze on painted MDF plinth
bronze: 141 by 47 by 33 cm. 44 7/8 by 18 1/2 by 13 in.
overall: 202 by 47 by 33 cm. 79 1/2 by 18 1/2 by 13 in.
Executed in 2010, this work is number 6 from an edition of 6, plus 2 artist's proofs.
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Provenance

Maureen Paley, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner 

Literature

Brice Curiger, Ed., Rebecca Warren: Every Aspect of Bitch Magic, London 2012, p. 225, illustrated in colour (edition no. unknown)

Catalogue Note

Rebecca Warren’s Fascia III – an imposing bronze figure set on a pale pink plinth – is an embodiment of the Turner Prize-nominee’s continuing fascination with the relation between – mainly female – functional anatomy and biological improbability.

In her distinguished career as a sculptor, Warren has used a wide variety of materials including clay, bronze and steel, seeking to draw out the unique properties from each medium. In Fascia III, the artist utilises bronze to evocative effect, drawing, with some humour, on the material’s history of public commemoration and communally significant statuary.

Warren’s creative process operates within a historical artistic lineage of intense interest in human bodily forms and their potential for anatomical abstraction and free fantasy, particularly drawing on that of Auguste Rodin and Alberto Giacometti, as well as fusing elements derived from her interest in the satirical cartoons of Robert Crumb. These forms, visibly worked, prodded and squeezed into being, are often chimera-like objects, at once monstrous and ravishing, that are wholly emancipated from their antecedents. Fascia III, executed in 2010, is a voluptuous arrangement (and misplacement) of female characteristics, with a spherical head, and a solidly power-heeled shoe with big toe attached. The whole is perhaps suggestive of a novel kind of chess piece promising unpredictable moves.

Often described by Warren as totems, these bronze uprights also resemble religious idols found in archaeological sites across the world, invoking an animist connection between the human body and the earth.

Drawing from a tradition of sculptural and Pop culture history encompassing classical antiquity through to Modernism to animation and cartoons, Warren has created an instantly recognisable corpus of physically imposing and beautifully evocative sculptures, and Fascia III perfectly encapsulates her uncompromising artistic ethos.

 

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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