Waddington’s Contemporary Art Auction
The auction will be offered online September 26 – October 1.
Our first Contemporary Art auction of the fall features a mix of collecting categories and a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Highlights include works by Diana Thorneycroft, Kent Monkman, Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Chris Cran, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Wanda Koop, Steve Driscoll, Rodney Graham, Philip Iverson, Mara Korkola, Kevin Sonmor and James Lahey—an excellent opportunity to collect work by Canadian powerhouses.
GROUP OF SEVEN AWKWARD MOMENTS (BEAVER AND WOO AT TANOO), 2008
Winnipeg-based artist Diana Thorneycroft is known for her photographs of darkly witty dioramas, which are often constructed using children’s toys. In ‘Group of Seven Awkward Moments’, the artist used reproductions of paintings by the Group of Seven as backdrops to tableaux that question national identity, the ever-shifting interpretations of history, and the Canadian relationship to landscape. The iconic Canadian lumberjack, surrounded by beavers, is paused during the act of felling totem poles rather than timber. The backdrop is Emily Carr’s “Tanoo, Q.C.I.”, which the artist painted in 1912 upon her return from France.
MODERN LOVE, 2012
canvas transfer print mounted to board
Monkman produced a series of images in the Modern Love series, each meant as a nod to a particular modern artist. In the suite, the image being painted by the “Modern Man”– a figure who seems to have descended that Duchampian staircase and directly taken up his position at the easel – changes, as do particular items tucked into the background and/or the sitter’s outfit, while the basic fundamentals, the “stage set” of the image, remains static. For example, a variation dedicated to Picasso sees the iconic “Bull’s Head” bicycle seat sculpture hanging on the wall, while the sitter wears a Viking-esque horned helmet. The series acts both as a sort of artistic whodunnit as well as a game of eye-spy, as the viewer attempts to piece together Monkman’s carefully laid clues.
gelatin silver print
One of two works by Lynne Cohen in this auction, ‘Corridor’ exemplifies the artist’s long fascination with photographing “found environments” – empty showrooms, classrooms, offices and passageways, bereft of human presence, yet purpose-built for human needs. Cohen leaves most all of the interpretation of these spaces to the viewer, asking them to project their own experiences of place. While early in her career Cohen would label images with more specific titles (e.g. “Corridor, Biology Department, State University of New York, Potsdam”) these were soon pared down in favour of terser, more vague titles. Cohen herself explained, “I prefer to allude to things and leave it to the viewer to fill in the details. Like Brecht and Godard, I want the audience to do some work.”
OIL FIELDS #1, BELRIDGE, CALIFORNIA, 2002
panoramic colour negative
Edward Burtynsky’s “Oil” series focuses on the extraction, production, transport, and use of perhaps the most important – and damaging – resource of the contemporary era. ‘Oil Fields #1,’ 2002, depicts a vast field of skeletal, rusted oil derricks marching away in the dust. The scene is almost entirely evacuated of human scale, providing a haunting forecast of a scarce future. ‘Oil Fields #1’ is set in California, the perennial destination of the American road trip and the freedom of the Western frontier. The vast, derrick-filled field becomes both origin and destination: the fountainhead of resource extraction and a surreal indictment of the unspoiled frontier at the end of the highway. The photograph is a sublime depiction of the precarious impact of humanity’s demands on the environment and implicates the viewer in the consequences of consumption.
About the Auction
This auction will be offered online from September 26 to October 1.
Previews will be available by appointment only, please contact us to find out more at email@example.com or 416-504-9100 / 1-877-504-5700
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Inuit and Indigenous, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.
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