Fondation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Fondation Beyeler 2018
15 September, 2018
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Enrico David
The Assumption of Weee, 2014

Jesmonite, graphite (plinth included)

50 × 28 × 10.5 cm (19 2/3 × 11 × 4 1/10 in)

Plinth: 110 × 46 × 27.5 cm (43 1/3 × 18 1/10 × 10 4/5 in)

Edition: 4 out of 5 + 2 artist’s proofs

Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery (London and New York)

Provenance: donated by the artist and Michael Werner Galerie (London und New York)

Estimate: CHF 30’000 – 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

Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, Enrico David turns repeatedly to the human figure as the genesis of his work. For him, it is a metaphor of transformation, which is why every definitive work by the artist is the outcome of a series of material explorations, ultimately leading to self-contained models and variant casts.

Gradations of Slow Release, a show of his work to date, is to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on September 29, 2018 and will later be shown at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. The work on offer here is a very fine example of the idea that there are sequences in art and that each new work grows out of those that preceded it.

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artist biography

Enrico David (born 1966 in Ancona, Italy) is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. There is a work of his in the collection of the Fondation Beyeler. David’s work comprises painting, sculpture, textile works, and installations, in all of which drawing has a key role to play. His roots in art history run deep—his most obvious affiliation being to Surrealism. 

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