Artist Spotlight: Sam Durant

25/01/2019     News Stories & Press Release, Impressionist, Modern & Post War Art

Artist Spotlight: Sam Durant

This January, Roseberys have the pleasure to auction off a work of art by renowned American artist Sam Durant in our online New Collectors auction. This will be the first time Roseberys has offered work by the multimedia artist. The auction that is currently live will run until Thursday 31 January, ending at 12 noon.

Lot. 1 "L'homme Fait L'Amour",  made in 2008; is spray enamel on mirror mounted on plywood, signed and dated in black marker on the reverse, 118 x 217cm (unframed). "L'homme Fait L'Amour" is estimated to sell for £8,000 - £12,000, starting at £5000.  

This is not the first work of art that Durant has produced with spray enamel on mirror, plywood. A similar piece titled "Soyons Cruel", 2008 sold for  £ 9,375 including buyers premium, in December, 2013 at Phillips sale in London . Durant produced a series of similar works on mirror in a project he named mirror travels in neoliberalism. He also worked with spray paint in his project named la culture est linversion de la vie. Tess O’Brien the specialist for the sale noted that Sam Durant’s mirror works are evocative of both reflection and reflexion. ‘A mirror suggests the creation of a perspective leading to an infinite number of interpretations. The viewer finds himself involved in the work, both through the reflected image and his own reflexion process.’ She went on to further comment about the work of art on offer. ‘This is a striking piece by Sam Durant, the interactive nature of the work created by the mirror keeps the ontology of the work continuously evolving. With a starting price of £5000, this is a wonderful opportunity for a new collector to own a piece by a prominent Contemporary artist ’

Here we shine a spotlight on the artist Sam Durant, who created the special lot, "L'homme Fait L'Amour", within the New Collectors sale.

Born in 1961 in Seattle, Sam Durant is a multimedia artist, now based in Los Angeles. His works of art usually touch upon in a wide variety of social, political, and cultural issues, often referencing American history. His work explores the dynamic relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as varied as the civil rights movement to southern rock music, and through to modernism. His work has been exhibited around the world and in his home country of the United States. These include his solo museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. His work has also been included in the Panamá, Sydney, Venice and Whitney Biennales. Durant shows with a number of galleries including Blum and Poe in Los Angeles, Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Praz-Delavallade in Paris and Sadie Coles Gallery in London. His work has been widely written about, with his most recent curatorial credits include, Eat the Market at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Black Panther: the Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the New Museum in New York. His work can be found in many general public collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Tate Modern in London, Project Row Houses in Houston and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Click here to view Lot 1

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Click here to read about other highlights within the New Collectors sale

Viewing is by appointment only. If you wish to view any of the lots please contact our specialist Tess O'Brien .



Image of Sam Durant courtesy of Wikipedia and Lorie Shaull




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