Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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LOT 36

Lot 36

Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin
Lot 36 Details
Guy Maddin

BLUSH, 2017

Collage; signed and dated on front; unframed
image 12.4 x 8.75 in — 31.5 x 22.2 cm; mounted 20.4 x 16.9 in — 51.8 x 42.9 cm

Estimate $3,000-$3,500

Realised: $1,800

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The Work & Artist Bio

Blush, 2017 is a wonderful example of a lesson learned from the master of Canadian collage, Paul Butler. His instruction: the fewer moves the better. An unusually insouciant Frank Sinatra — vulnerable, adorable in coy partial profile, is set against a perfect giant red tulip. Who could ask for anything more? And nothing more is needed in this playfully ambiguous ode to the iconic star of stage and screen when the silver screen was truly sterling.

Guy Maddin has directed thirteen feature-length movies, including The Forbidden Room (2015), My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988 and 2023) and the upcoming Rumours (2024). He has also mounted internationally over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements — orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration, most recently The Green Fog (2017), which was accompanied live by the Kronos Quartet. His screenplay and film-story collaborators include Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and poet John Ashbery. He has received numerous awards and citations. Archangel and The Heart of the World both won the New York-based National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental film in 1991 and 2001 respectively. In 1995 he won the Telluride Silver Medal; the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award in 2006; an Emmy for his ballet film Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary, 2002; the Toronto Film Critic Association’s Rogers Award for Best Canadian film for My Winnipeg, 2008 and The Forbidden Room, 2015. In 2021 the Criterion Channel programmed “Directed by Guy Maddin,” a near complete retrospective featuring 22 features and shorts of Maddin. Retrospectives and Guy Maddin film festivals have been produced worldwide. In 2015 the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York mounted an exhibition of the collages of Guy Maddin and poet John Ashbery. Guy Maddin is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba.

Vertigo Redux, Border Crossings Issue 142, 2017

A Constellation of Narratives: Dreaming the History of Lost Cinema, Border Crossings Issue 123, 2012

Keyhole Collages, Border Crossings Issue 104, 2007


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LOT 36

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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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