Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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February 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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LOT 27

Lot 27

Sarah Anne Johnson

Sarah Anne Johnson
Lot 27 Details
Sarah Anne Johnson


Inkjet print with hand-applied rose gold leaf, limited varied edition 11/25; unframed
17.5 x 24 in — 44.5 x 61 cm

Estimate $3,700-$4,200

Realised: $3,150

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The Work & Artist Bio

Landscape and the natural world have always been central to Sarah Anne Johnson’s work. This photograph of a prairie landscape silhouetted against a broad dusk sky makes this particular image iconic. Three vertical rectangles in hand-applied rose gold leaf are foregrounded against a mauve and rosy sky. The delicate gold leaf which flutters on the columns with the slightest breath are, at the same time, monumental and call up, in contrasting scale, Richard Serra’s massive vertical steel plates installed in 2014 in the desert in Qatar.

Sarah Anne Johnson received her Fine Arts Honours Degree from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and her Masters in Fine Arts from Yale School of Art in 2004. She has had solo exhibitions in Canada and the US and her work is in major public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musée departmental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France; Hirshorn Museum, Washington D.C.; the Art Gallery of Ontario, and in numerous private collections in Canada, the US and abroad. Johnson has been the recipient of a number of prestigious public commissions and awards. Primarily photo-based, her work also includes sculpture, installations, performance and film. Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in Border Crossings, Town and Country, Frieze, New York Magazine, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Playboy, Juxtapoz, Art in America, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, among others. Her work has been the subject of numerous catalogues, among them: Sarah Anne Johnson, Wonderland, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina; “Oh Canada”, MASS MoCA, Connecticut; Sarah Anne Johnson, House on fire, Plug In and ACAD; The Younger than Jesus Artist Directory, Phaidon Press and others. Johnson is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Blouin Division in Montréal and Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.

Sarah Anne Johnson, Border Crossings Issue 156, 2021

Sarah in Wonderland: Sarah Anne Johnson, Border Crossings Issue 119, 2011

The Ages of Johnson: An Interview with Sarah Anne Johson, Border Crossings Issue 107, 2009

Artist's Website

Stephen Bulger Gallery

Blouin Division

Yossi Milo Gallery


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LOT 27

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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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