Philip Smith, ‘Polite Applause’, 2014, BAM Art Auction 2014

Estimate $16,000. Part of The Pictures Generation, Philip Smith’s curious imagery is sourced from 1950s Cold War spy manuals, lingerie ads, books on mysticism and numerology, lost magic books, and early genetic diagrams. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney and Beijing Biennials and is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum, and Detroit Institute of Art, among others.