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John Currin

Untitled

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Estimate:

30,000 - 40,000 USD

John Currin

John Currin

Untitled

Untitled

Estimate:

30,000 - 40,000 USD

Lot sold:

40,320

USD

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John Currin

b. 1962

Untitled


gouache on brown paper

12 by 8⅛ in.

30.5 by 20.6 cm.

Executed in 1998.

This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged along the upper edge of the reverse to the backing board. There is slight undulation to the sheet, visible upon close inspection. There is very minor handling wear to the extreme edges of the sheet, visible upon close inspection. Framed under Plexiglas.


Framed dimensions: 19 by 15¼ in. (48.3 by 38.7 cm.)


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

Christie’s New York, 15 May 2002, lot 310

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

John Currin’s skillfully executed, often erotic paintings of female companions are acclaimed for melding art historical precedents with contemporary concerns. In Untitled, two voluptuous nudes with exaggerated proportions and poses illustrate Currin’s deep exploration of classical painterly techniques and Mannerist compositions, as well as his ability to maintain a balance between the beautiful and the grotesque. “Realizing you need to follow your pleasure” as an artist, Currin has stated, “was an important development for me.” Serving as the embodiment of heterosexual male desire, Untitled, like many of Currin’s portraits of seductive nymphs, draws inspiration from diverse sources, from Boticelli’s Birth of Venus, to the clichés of advertising and pornography, inviting associations between past and present fantasies of female beauty.