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Lot 12: Marcus Harvey (B. 1963)

Contemporary Art

by Christie's

December 8, 1998

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Doggy oil on canvas 84 x 84in. (213 x 213cm.) Painted in 1993-1994 Other work by this artist is included in 'Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection', currently on view at the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. LITERATURE S. Kent & J. Blyth, 'Shark Infested Waters - The Saatchi Collection of British Art in the 90s', London 1994, p. 150 (illustrated in colour). EXHIBITION London, The Saatchi Gallery, 'Young British Artists IV', April-June 1995. NOTES "'In essence', writes Georges Bataille, 'the domain of eroticism is the domain of violence, of violation... What does physical eroticism signify if not a violation of the very being of its practioners? a violation bordering on death, bordering on murder? It takes Harvey half an hour to clean his hands after a painting session; "It's like being a murderer,' he says. He speaks of the animalistic and cannibalistic aspects of sex and the loss of boundaries as bodies fuse. For him painting is a similarly orgiastic experience, an abandonment of control. He psyches himself up to complete a painting in one session since, as in sex, the materials must be wet. Freud characterized painting as a sublimation of the infantile desire to smear the walls with excrement. Harvey smears colour onto canvas with his fingers, in an orgiastic wallowing." (S. Kent & J. Blyth, 'Shark Infested Waters, The Saatchi Collection of British art in the 90s', London 1994, p.33).

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