Carroll Dunham, ‘Fourth Birch’, Christie's

Carroll Dunham (b. 1949)

Fourth Birch

signed and dated 'Aug Nov 1983 Carroll Dunham' (lower edge); signed again twice, titled, inscribed and dated again '"Fourth Birch" Nov 9, 1983 NYC Carroll Dunham Aug-Sept/Nov Carroll Dunham' (on the reverse)

casein, dry pigment, charcoal and graphite on panel

70 x 48 in. (177.8 x 121.9 cm.)

Painted in 1983.

Signature: signed and dated 'Aug Nov 1983 Carroll Dunham' (lower edge); signed again twice, titled, inscribed and dated again '"Fourth Birch" Nov 9, 1983 NYC Carroll Dunham Aug-Sept/Nov Carroll Dunham' (on the reverse)

Los Angeles, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Summer International, Summer 1984.

New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Carroll Dunham: Paintings, October 2002-February 2003, pp. 16-17 (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent to the present owner

About Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham is known for his paintings of cartoonish, humanoid forms such as penis-nosed men, bulbous shapes reminiscent of sexual or digestive organs, and direct, humorous compositions of exposed vaginas. Mixing elements of Pop art, Surrealism, Neo-Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism through a stylistically rich career joining abstraction and figuration, Dunham's paintings and works on paper variously reference Arshile Gorky, Paul Gauguin, Philip Guston, and the comics of R. Crumb.

American, b. 1949, New Haven, Connecticut