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Lot 258: Jimmie Durham (American 1940 - 2021). Combiline, 1998.

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Description

Jimmie Durham (American 1940 - 2021)
Combiline, 1998
mixed media elements mounted on a sample card framed behind plexiglass in display case
signed and dated in ink 'Jimmie Durham 98' (on the backing)
37 x 105.5 cm.

Condition Report

Some minor dents and scratches to the frame, mounted with pins in the upper corners, apparently in very good, original condition. Framed in the original frame behind plexiglass.

Provenance

Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, 1999.
Acquired at the above by the present owner.

Notes

Jimmy Durham was one of the most interdisciplinary artist of the last decades. Working in film, drawing, installation and sculpture and strongly involved in activism, Durham considered it a point of honour to create works which were politically loaded. Conveying ideas through imagery, he made assemblages which mostly consisted of relatable everyday objects.
This work, similar to its more famous equivalent - "The Dangers of Petrification" (1998–2007), imitates a professionally classified collection of artefacts. This time, however, the items are mounted on a Perstorp (laminate company) sample card and vary from the photo of "Mona Lisa" to newspaper clippings, from feathers to beads, from pieces of tree bark to small figurines, and from Danish coins to French novels. But this installation is seemingly incomplete. Some of the spots are empty, the missing objects seem to have been torn off the card. This is a deliberate undertaking which aims to engage the beholder in the deconstruction of the multicultural narrative embedded in the work. What seemed to be an orderly classification turns out to be an eclectic mix of items connected by loose associations with the likes of the seventeenth century Wunderkammers or cabinets of curiosities.

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