Amie Dicke (b. 1978)

Lot 237: Characteristic work by Amie Dicke

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

October 16, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: - DICKE, Amie (Dutch 1978). I lay on the verge of deep, 2004. Ink and cutout on Calvin Klein fashion poster, signed and dated 'Amie 2004 NL' (on the reverse); framed between two glass plates showing both sides of poster (transparent). Pinholes in upper corners, mint condition.
Dimensions: Image size 78 x 119 cm., frame size 89.5 x 130.5 cm.
Artist or Maker: DICKE, Amie (Dutch 1978).
Exhibited: Void, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, 2004
From the Void series. "A cautionary precept of Georges Bataille's 1962 study, Eroticism: Dough end Sensuality, is that 'eroticism is assenting to life up to the point of death'. In these 19 cut-paper pieces, Arnie Dicke illuminates Bataille's insight. Even without their skin, her girls beacon. Dissecting fashion's fluff, fabric and fantasy, Dicke reveals its underlying morbidity. With an X-acto knife an her scalpel, she slices off the flesh and features of slinky models from bus-stop posters and fashion spreads. Leaving their hands, hair, feet and coyly pouting upper lips untouched, she carves the models' limbs, clothes and famous faces into sinewy designs... Cutting into the space where they are posed, she depicts the models' toxic, erotic essence seeping out like perfume and infecting their surroundings' (Honigman, A.F. Amie Dicke: New Season, New Girls, New Look. In: Modern Painter, December 1, 2004).
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