Contemporary Art Online

Contemporary Art Online

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 516. ELIZABETH PEYTON | ROE.


Lot Closed

March 7, 06:48 PM GMT


12,000 - 18,000 USD

Lot Details


The History of Now: The Collection of David Teiger Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art




signed, titled and dated 1999 on the reverse

colored pencil on paper

Sheet: 8¾ by 6 in. (22.2 by 15.3 cm.)

Framed: 16½ by 13½ in. (42 by 34.3 cm.)

Since the early 1990s, Elizabeth Peyton’s subjects have encompassed historical personae, cultural icons and people known to the artist. Blurring the lines between lived experience, memory and imagination, her paintings employ a range of marks and gestures to convey her emotional responses to given subjects. Peyton has described the impetus driving her practice as about capturing the poignancy or potential of a moment: “There are different moments that I’m interested in. But I think it is such an amazing moment when people realize what they are and what they can be, and they start putting themselves out into the world. I think you can see it in people when it’s happening. They look different” (Elizabeth Peyton in conversation with Jarvis Cocker in Interview Magazine, November 26, 2008, online).

Roe is an intimate sketch of one of Peyton’s familiars, whom she tenderly portrays with an economy of line that deftly belies her great skill. The sitter is seemingly unaware of our presence as he pensively gazes off to the side. Peyton is considered one of the preeminent figurative artists of her generation, and she has had her works shown at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and Palais de Tokyo, Tokyo.