Contemporary Art Online | New York

Contemporary Art Online | New York

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 522. ADAM PENDLETON | TREE (BLACK).


Lot Closed

October 2, 05:54 PM GMT


30,000 - 40,000 USD

Lot Details





silkscreen on linen, in 2 parts

Each canvas: 48⅛ by 64 in. (122.2 by 162.5 cm.)

Overall: 96¼ by 64 in. (244.4 by 162.5 cm.)

Executed in 2006. 

Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

“Pendleton is a rare artist in his ability to synthesize disciplines and mediums, and to steer with collaborators toward “total works,” which yet remain drafts of a larger essayistic practice. His works—like those of his many avant-garde forebears—are experimental in the truest sense. He sets up a laboratory in which our social and political desires can appear, however fleetingly. Historical materials (images, sounds, and printed language) become a point of departure for making present what cannot be grasped by representations of history (narratives, archives): the emergence of events and situations, which can only become known retroactively. Recent live art has rarely been more conscious of its origins in civil disobedience and the civil rights movement, where we view the body as a site of social antagonism, and as a “case” for struggles for recognition and justice. With Pendleton’s work, even though we are often left with aporias and blind spots, we feel the force of historical matter self-organizing and finding form beyond representability and essence. We discover the protest of the object—works of art and performance resisting their subsumption by common epistemological frameworks and modes of narration posing as truth.”

(Thom Donovan, Adam Pendleton, BOMB Magazine, 1 Jan 2011)