Fondation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Fondation Beyeler 2018
15 September, 2018
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Wilhelm Sasnal
Untitled, 2017

Oil on canvas

40 × 40 cm (15 3/4 × 15 3/4 in)

Signed and dated

Courtesy of the artist and Foksal Gallery Foundation

Provenance: donated by the artist

Estimate: CHF 40’000 – 50’000

This item will be sold during the Live Auction at the Fondation Beyeler on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 21:00 CEST.

Bid registration for this item will close on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 17:00 CEST.

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lot description

Here, we see the luminous logo of the filling station group Eni (Agip), which takes the form of a curious, six-legged, fire-spewing dog. The artist explains that while passing through Switzerland once, the yellow light-box repeatedly caught his eye—presumably because the group does not operate in Poland meaning that its logo was unfamiliar to him. This painting was abstract originally, but Sasnal was not happy with it and set the canvas aside. While a few traces of that first version have survived in the hazy sky, what clinched the definitive painting was Sasnal’s addition of the logo with the weird-looking beast that had once so intrigued him.

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artist biography

The paintings of Wilhelm Sasnal (born 1972 in Tarnów, lives in Cracow, Poland) are based on his own experiences and interests. He draws on an eclectic mix of sources, ranging from photos or sketches of his own observations to movies, comics, and even press photography.

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