Claire Fontaine, ‘BOB’, 2009, Phillips

Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Perform, December 5, 2009
Moscow, Baibakov Art Projects, Perpetual Battles, May 25 - July 25, 2010 (another example exhibited, titled as Defend Yourself (Bully Bob), 2010)

Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in December 2009

About Claire Fontaine

A Paris-based collective founded in 2004, Claire Fontaine is named after a brand of French notebooks and stationery. In an attempt to identify the transformed position of “the artist”, Claire Fontaine has conceived of the “readymade artist,” which considers the contemporary artist as equivalent to Marcel Duchamp’s urinal or Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box. The collective has developed a practice in which existing forms and materials—such as ephemeral-object sculpture, installation, video, painting, infographics, and neon—are crafted into works that critique political and aesthetic norms of the art world.

French, Founded 2004, based in Paris, France