SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON | SELF PIETÀ
chromogenic print, flush-mounted to aluminum, a White Cube, London, label on the reverse, 2001, framed, no. 4 in an edition of 6
49¼ by 49¼ in. (125.1 by 125.1 cm.)
While this large black-and-white chromogenic print has not been examined out of its frame, it appears to be in generally excellent condition. Upon close inspection in high raking light, a few tiny deposits of original retouching and a few hairline scratches in the lower right quadrant are visible. There are scuffs and scratches on the reverse of the aluminum mount.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
In her video work ‘Pietà’ of 2002, Sam Taylor-Johnson held the body of Robert Downey, Jr. in a pose that mimics Michelango’s Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. From 1996-2001 Downey, Jr. was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges. His public trials were ongoing at the time of the performance, and Taylor-Johnson had recently completed treatment for cancer.