View full screen - View 1 of Lot 34. RONI HORN | THE XLV.






b. 1955


signed, titled and dated 89

powdered pigment, varnish and paper collage on paper

Sheet: 21½ by 30 in. (54.6 by 76.2 cm.)

Framed: 24½ by 33 in. (62.2 by 83.8 cm.)

This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged at the corners of the reverse to the backing board. There is scattered stray media throughout. There are intentional cuts in the paper which are reinforced on the back of the sheet and consistent with the artists working method. The far left yellow shape is lifting from the page at the upper edge, likely inherent. There is minor wear to the edges and slight undulation, visible upon close inspection. Framed under glass.

Please note the installation instructions as noted on the reverse by the artist: "There should be at least 4 feet of clear wall space to the left and right of the drawing. Center the drawing at eye level. The frame must rest flush against the wall."

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Galerie Lelong, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

“[Horn’s] works on paper from the 1980s… tend to contain uneven, enclosed shapes in glowing color… When two very similar shapes are combined it would be reasonable to think they might be in a symmetrical relation with each other. It is all the more striking, then, that a pair of shapes… fail to have the effect of symmetry… Instead one functions as the double of the other and has the reverse effect: disequilibrium. Two drawings may be in some respects nearly identical, but the drift of the colored vertical further to the right in the right-hand work becomes all the more dramatic as a consequence. As the poet Paul Celan succinctly lamented: ‘Unreadable this/world. All doubles’…The effect is cumulative and greater than its parts.”

(Briony Fer, “Complete with Missing Parts,” Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, p.28, catalogue for exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art)