Tom Otterness, ‘Free Money’, 1999, Sotheby's

Executed in 1999, this work is artist's proof number 1 from an edition of 9, plus 3 artist's proofs.

Signature: incised with the artist's initials and date 99 on the left figure's foot; incised with the artist’s signature and number AP 1/3 on the base

New York, Marlborough Gallery; Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Tom Otterness: Free Money and Other Fairytales, April - August 2002, cat. no. 37, p. 51, illustrated in color

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

About Tom Otterness

Since the 1970s, Tom Otterness has been populating public spaces with his impish human and animal sculptures, through which he gently lampoons American society. Disarmingly cute and cartoonish, and underpinned by art history, popular culture, and a democratic vision, his characters mock societal groups. “The artwork itself has five character types: blue collar workers, white collar workers, cops, […] radicals, […] and […] rich people,” he says. “And I take those five classes and […] make scenarios out of them.” Otterness uses the “lost wax” process to cast his bronze figures, which range from monumental to palm-sized. He explores class, money, race, and sex in his works, putting these fraught topics into the public sphere to spark conversation.

American, b. 1952, Wichita, Kansas, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

Marlborough Gallery, New York,

Fair History on Artsy

Marlborough Gallery at The Armory Show 2014
Marlborough Gallery at ARCO Madrid 2014
Marlborough Gallery at Contemporary Istanbul 2013