From the Specialists:
Otterness is perhaps one of the most prolific American public artists in the past century. This lot is a prime example of Otterness's cartoony style and interest in the range of human experiences. This small multiple represents a tender embrace, aptly named Lovers.
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: Incised with initials, dated and numbered 9/25 on the underside (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Artists Space, New York.
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