September 26 — October 01, 2020
Auction begins to close at 2:00 pm ET
KENT MONKMAN (1965-)
Private Collection, Ontario
Monkman produced a series of images in the Modern Love series, each meant as a nod to a particular modern artist. In the suite, the image being painted by the “Modern Man”--a figure who seems to have descended that Duchampian staircase and directly taken up his position at the easel --changes, as do particular items tucked into the background and/or the sitter’s outfit, while the basic fundamentals, the “stage set” of the image, remains static. For example, a variation dedicated to Picasso sees the iconic “Bull’s Head” bicycle seat sculpture hanging on the wall, while the sitter wears a Viking-esque horned helmet. The series acts both as a sort of artistic whodunnit as well as a game of eye-spy, as the viewer attempts to piece together Monkman’s carefully laid clues.