Phillips: 20th Century and Contemporary Art Day Sale (June 2017) - Phillips
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Overall: 264 x 94 cm (103 7/8 x 37 in.)

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Signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'Dan Colen & Joe Bradley "Shitface" 2007' on the reverse

Dan Colen creates mixed-media, sculptural, and painted works that locate interest and magic within the seemingly ordinary and undervalued. Drawing from mass media, local subcultures, and sources such as Walt Disney film stills, he combines the intensity of real life with reflections on the subjects of immanence and belief. His meticulously painted surfaces often replicate scrawls of graffiti, accretions of bird droppings, and absurd slogans on inadvertent monuments and sites, such as in the green-splattered oil painting Bird Shit (2007) and No Sex No War No Me (2006), where the enamel medium resembles spray-painted text. Using debris from the street—ranging from a flip-flop, to paint cans to string—Colen reclaims, scrutinizes, and transforms the everyday object.

High auction record
$3.1m, Christie's, 2014
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
de la Cruz Collection
Selected exhibitions
2018
Dan Colen: High NoonGagosian
2016
Dan Colen: When I'm GoneGagosian
2014
Dan Colen: HELP!Brant Foundation
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Working in a slacker aesthetic, Joe Bradley regularly uses the least amount of effort possible to transform material into artwork, going as far as to hang blank, store-bought canvases in the gallery. This approach has earned him comparisons to Minimalism, though his is a more ironic, cynical approach than the movement’s first-generation practitioners. Bradley is perhaps best known for his compositions of canvases in primary colors, which recall Color Field paintings and are arranged to form colossal, if schematic, human figures. Other works, like his “Schmagoo” paintings in grease pencil on dirty drop cloths or oil works on canvas, call to mind Cy Twombly’s paintings and children’s mark-making.

High auction record
$3.1m, Christie's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), de la Cruz Collection
Selected exhibitions
2018
Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, Michael WilliamsBrant Foundation
Joe Bradley: Day WorldGagosian
2016
Joe Bradley, Canton RoseGalerie Eva Presenhuber
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Shitface, 2007

Oil and gum on canvas, in 4 parts
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Phillips

Property Subject to VAT Section 2 (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Overall: 264 x …

Medium
Signature
Signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'Dan Colen & Joe Bradley "Shitface" 2007' on the reverse

Dan Colen creates mixed-media, sculptural, and painted works that locate interest and magic within the seemingly ordinary and undervalued. Drawing from mass media, local subcultures, and sources such as Walt Disney film stills, he combines the intensity of real life with reflections on the subjects of immanence and belief. His meticulously painted surfaces often replicate scrawls of graffiti, accretions of bird droppings, and absurd slogans on inadvertent monuments and sites, such as in the green-splattered oil painting Bird Shit (2007) and No Sex No War No Me (2006), where the enamel medium resembles spray-painted text. Using debris from the street—ranging from a flip-flop, to paint cans to string—Colen reclaims, scrutinizes, and transforms the everyday object.

High auction record
$3.1m, Christie's, 2014
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
de la Cruz Collection
Selected exhibitions (3)

Working in a slacker aesthetic, Joe Bradley regularly uses the least amount of effort possible to transform material into artwork, going as far as to hang blank, store-bought canvases in the gallery. This approach has earned him comparisons to Minimalism, though his is a more ironic, cynical approach than the movement’s first-generation practitioners. Bradley is perhaps best known for his compositions of canvases in primary colors, which recall Color Field paintings and are arranged to form colossal, if schematic, human figures. Other works, like his “Schmagoo” paintings in grease pencil on dirty drop cloths or oil works on canvas, call to mind Cy Twombly’s paintings and children’s mark-making.

High auction record
$3.1m, Christie's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), de la Cruz Collection
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Dan Colen
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