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José Lerma

Nunquam Prandium Liberum, 2017

Acrylic on canvas
72 × 60 in
182.9 × 152.4 cm
This is a unique work.
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MCA Chicago Benefit Auction

José Lerma (Spanish, b. 1971) locates his subjects within amorphous domains where personal history …

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José Lerma (Spanish, b. 1971) locates his subjects within amorphous domains where personal history intersects with politics, religion, and economics—where the royal and ecclesiastic intermingle with the everyday, and paintings burst into sculptural, experiential, performative zones. Nunquam Prandium Liberum is Latin …

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Photo: Craig Cotsones
José Lerma
Spanish, b. 1971
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Claiming that “all art is about other art and about your parents,” José Lerma produces layered, exuberant mixed-media paintings, combining art-historical and biographical references into compositions at once abstract and figurative, humorous and dark, chaotic and controlled. In 2002, Lerma abandoned installation, video, and photography to focus on painting, a medium he has been exploring conceptually and materially ever since. As he explains: “I make paintings and works about painting.” Lerma’s influences—including R. Crumb, Pablo Picasso, Piero della Francesca, and Bruce Nauman—are as wide-ranging as his work. In addition to using paper and canvas, he has drawn and painted on office carpeting and towels and incorporated a metal cabinet and synthesizers into his compositions. Portraits of male figures recur in his works—simultaneously recognizable and obscured, they reveal both the process and the illusion of painting.

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About the work
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MCA Chicago Benefit Auction

José Lerma (Spanish, b. 1971) locates his subjects within amorphous domains where personal history …

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José Lerma (Spanish, b. 1971) locates his subjects within amorphous domains where personal history intersects with politics, religion, and economics—where the royal and ecclesiastic intermingle with the everyday, and paintings burst into sculptural, experiential, performative zones. Nunquam Prandium Liberum is Latin …

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Photo: Craig Cotsones
José Lerma
Spanish, b. 1971
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Claiming that “all art is about other art and about your parents,” José Lerma produces layered, exuberant mixed-media paintings, combining art-historical and biographical references into compositions at once abstract and figurative, humorous and dark, chaotic and controlled. In 2002, Lerma abandoned installation, video, and photography to focus on painting, a medium he has been exploring conceptually and materially ever since. As he explains: “I make paintings and works about painting.” Lerma’s influences—including R. Crumb, Pablo Picasso, Piero della Francesca, and Bruce Nauman—are as wide-ranging as his work. In addition to using paper and canvas, he has drawn and painted on office carpeting and towels and incorporated a metal cabinet and synthesizers into his compositions. Portraits of male figures recur in his works—simultaneously recognizable and obscured, they reveal both the process and the illusion of painting.

José Lerma

Nunquam Prandium Liberum, 2017

Acrylic on canvas
72 × 60 in
182.9 × 152.4 cm
This is a unique work.
Bidding closed
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