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Francis Alÿs

Mexico City Triptych

Groundbreaking: Works from the Collection of John Kaldor

Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs

Mexico City Triptych

Mexico City Triptych

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Groundbreaking: Works from the Collection of John Kaldor

Francis Alÿs

b. 1959

Mexico City Triptych


i. signed F.Alÿs, dated 1995 and inscribed JUAN GARCIA (on the reverse); ii. signed Francis Alÿs, dated 1995 and inscribed emilio Rivera (on the reverse); iii. signed F. Alÿs and dated Mex, D.F. 1995 (on the reverse); iv. signed F.Alÿs, dated 1995 and inscribed ENRIQUE HUERTA (on the reverse)  

i, ii, iv. oil on metal; iii: oil on canvas stretched over panel

overall: 64 1/4 by 105 in.

163.2 by 266.7 cm.

Executed in 1995.

This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of wear and handling to the edges and corners with associated minor losses. The three large metal sheets have been nailed to the board by the artist. Unframed.


i. There is evidence of very minor abrasions along the top edge. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. 

ii. Upon close inspection, there is evidence of minor discoloration along the edges, most noticeable along the left and right edges. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. 

iii. The edges of the canvas are taped and exhibit signs of age with associated losses. There are surface inconsistencies throughout, inherent to the work. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. 

iv. There is evidence of scattered light smudging throughout, most noticeable along the right edge. Upon close inspection, there is an unobtrusive and superficial scratch near the center top edge. Upon close inspection and under raking light, there is evidence of a minor dent in the upper right quadrant and in the upper left corner. Further inspection reveals minor drip accretions scattered throughout. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, the aforementioned dip accretions fluoresce brightly, but are not the result of restoration.


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ACME, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2001
Theodora Vischer, ed., Francis Alÿs: Sign Painting Project, Basel, 2011, cat. no. C03.2.1, C03.2.2, C03.2.3, C03.2.4, pp. 150 and 151, illustrated in color