Lot 229: JOHN CURRIN
Contemporary Art Day Auction
June 30, 2011
London, United Kingdom
Description: JOHN CURRIN B.1962 EDWARDIAN signed and dated 2010 on the reverse oil on canvas panel 45.7 by 35.6cm.; 18 by 14in.
John Currin is celebrated as one of the most important and provocative artists of his generation. Among a number of contemporary painters who have focused exclusively on the figure, he produces works of art that are as compelling as they are unsettling. He is well versed in the history of art and his sources of inspiration range from the paintings of the Italian and Northern Renaissance masters, the romantic settings of eighteenth-century French Rococo artists such as Fragonard, and the genre scenes of Gustave Courbet. Currin is also unabashedly drawn to contemporary sources and popular culture, including vintage pin-ups, fashion magazines and pornography. He is best known for his figurative paintings of women, whose distorted and elongated features are both beautifully rendered and subtly disquieting.
The survey of Currin's work at the Serpentine Gallery in 2004 was his first solo exhibition in a public gallery in the United Kingdom since 1995. Currin's work has been included in many major international exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, Carnegie International 1999/2000 and at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. His work is included in major public and private collections around the world.
Donated by the artist