Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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February 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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Lot 1

Kim Adams

Kim Adams
Lot 1 Details
Kim Adams

BLUE BUG, 2016

Model parts, 1/12 scale

5.5 x 10 x 7.5 in — 14 x 25.4 x 19.1 cm

Estimate $16,000-$18,000

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Kim Adams
  • Kim Adams

Courtesy of the artist; Hunt Gallery, Toronto.

The Work & Artist Bio

Playful and profound, Kim Adams’s sculptural works are bewitching, enchanting and undeniably desirable. Blue Bug, 2016, is a virtuosically rendered simulacrum of — in this case a VW “bug.” Having all the seductive appeal of a miniature, this piece is a carefully wrought sculptural work of material beauty.

Born in Edmonton in 1951, Kim Adams studied Visual Arts at the University of Victoria (BC), focusing on painting and sculpture. His work has been presented in galleries and museums, as well as in public and outdoor locations, across Canada and internationally for over four decades. Major survey exhibitions of his work were presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Oakville Galleries, Museum London, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and The Power Plant Contemporary Art.

He has been featured in solo and group exhibitions as well as biennials internationally, including at Shedhalle (Zurich, Switzerland, 1990), Centraal Museum (Utrecht, Holland, 1995), “Sculpture Projects” (Munster, Germany, 1997), “InSite” (San Diego, 1997), Sydney Biennial (Australia, 2002), “Burlesques contemporain”, Jeu de Paume (Paris, France, 2005), Galerie Stadtpark (Krems, Austria, 2007), “Beyond/In Western New York” (Buffalo, NY, 2010), “Insiders”, Musée d’art contemporain (Bordeaux, France, 2010), “Oh, Canada”, Mass MOCCA (US, 2012), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2023) among many others. He is the subject of numerous books and catalogues, most recently a monograph on his ongoing, permanent sculpture Bruegel Bosch Bus (1997 – ongoing) at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2021). His work is in numerous major public collections such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Musée d’art contemporain (Montréal), Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. He was the recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Award (2012) a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2013), and the Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts and Media Award (2014).

Kim Adams, Border Crossings Issue 79, 2001

A Model Artist, Observations on Art and Play from Kim Adams, Issue 69, 1999


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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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