Mark Grotjahn, ‘Untitled (Three-Tiered Perspective)’, 1998, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

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Vividly striking and optically alluring, Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (Three-Tiered Perspective) forms part of the artist’s seminal series of the same name, which radically explores the properties and effects of serial abstraction. Evolved from conceptual perspectival studies with two or more vanishing points, a technique that playfully subverts the canonised Renaissance understanding of one-point perspective, Untitled (Three-Tiered Perspective) brilliantly expresses Grotjahn's highly analytical painting technique, while simultaneously reverberating with the time-consuming labor of its own creation to spellbinding effect. —"I wanted to find a motif that I could experiment with for a while. I did a group of drawings over a period of six to twelve months. The drawing that I chose was one that resembled the three tier perspective, and that is what I went with." Mark Grotjahn

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Signature: signed and dated 1998 on the reverse

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2010

About Mark Grotjahn

Painter and draftsman Mark Grotjahn is known for his ongoing investigation of perspective. In the "Butterfly" paintings starting in 1997, he uses dual and multiple vanishing points to create complex compositions of radiant, tonal color, alluding to such touchstones in the history of modernist painting as Russian Constructivism, Op Art, and Barnett Newman's "zips." Alongside perspective, he has pursued ideas like color restriction, seriality, and the sublime. In his more recent "Face" series, roughly painted on cardboard mounted to canvas, Grotjahn retains his radiant motif but replaces geometric rigor with ritualistic, totemic energy.

American, b. 1968, Pasadena, California, based in Los Angeles, California