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Lot 46: OLA KOLEHMAINEN (b.1964 Finnish)

Est: £12,000 GBP - £18,000 GBPSold:
Christie'sNovember 19, 2008London, United Kingdom

Item Overview


OLA KOLEHMAINEN (b.1964 Finnish)
Untitled (No.7), 2005
oversized chromogenic print
signed in ink on typed label with credit, title and edition '4/5' on backing board
71 x 98½in. (180 x 250cm.)

Artist or Maker


Ola Kolehmainen: Fraction Abstraction Recreation, Hatje Cantz, 2007, p.33 (fig.M).


To experience in person a large-format Kolehmainen photograph is to absorb a blending of minimalist disciplines all into one body of his own making.


No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Artist's Resale Right ("droit de Suite"). If the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer also agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
This work is number 4 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 AP.

His passion for Minimalism led Kolehmainen to explore the subject of grids through the medium of photography. The resulting large-format works are meticulous and isolate the grid-like facades from their particular context. While Kolehmainen works mainly with architecture, he is not concerned with the function and scale of the actual buildings. He is also not interested in creating narratives. The transformation of three-dimensional forms into two-dimensional surfaces is what excites him.

Kolehmainen received his MA in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. His works have been shown widely in the US and Europe, including the Helsinki School travelling exhibitions, and are held in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections, including Deutsche Bank, Germany and Great Britain; DZ Bank, Germany; and The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. He lives and works in Berlin.

Auction Details


November 19, 2008, 02:30 PM WET

8 King Street, St. James's, London, LDN, SW1Y 6QT, UK