John Michael Armleder (b. 1948)

Lot 137: Painting in pizza box by John Armleder

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

October 16, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: - ARMLEDER, John M. (Swiss 1948). U40 drop cloth, 1992. Mixed media on canvas in cardboard pizza box, signed and dated 'John Armleder 1992' (on the reverse of the painting and one more time on the box), from the edition of 106 different copies, published by Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam. Minor wear to the box (no labels on the lid), painting in very good condition. Unique. Added: exhibition catalogue Bruijne, E. John M. Armleder, pour paintings 1982-1992. Centraal Museum Utrecht, 1992, 45 pp.
Dimensions: Painting size 29 x 29 cm., box size 32.5 x 32.5 x 3 cm.
Artist or Maker: ARMLEDER, John M. (Swiss 1948).
Provenance: Private collection; Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 1992
Notes:
Created in situ at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Publisher's note: "A series of unique 'Drop cloths' John Armleder has made on cotton. While preparing his solo exhibition in the Centraal Museum Utrecht in 1992 creating a large three panel 'Pour Painting' of 3 x 6 meters. After having finished the huge painting the poured over piece of cotton was one big left-over, which was eventually cut into 105 pieces, still wet and very smelly. The 106th piece appeared to be a real left-over as it is shaped in the form of a very long stretched out triangle. The artist folded this one zigzagging into the last pizza box. The code 'U 40' refers to the forty paintings he showed in the museum".
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