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Gillian Brown (American, 20th/21st Century) Untitled (Classroom)






American & European Works of Art - 3203B
Date / Time :
January 25, 2019 10:00AM


Gillian Brown (American, 20th/21st Century)

Untitled (Classroom)
Signed "Gillian Brown" l.r. on the frame of an installation photograph that accompanies the lot.
Mixed media installation, 96 x 77 x 79 in. (243.8 x 195.6 x 200.7 cm).
Condition: Minor losses to edges of floor panels, walls slightly warped, minor surface grime, scattered minor abrasions.

Provenance: Collection of Maria Lopez and Stephen Mindich, Massachusetts.

Exhibitions: The Constructed Photograph, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, January 17–March 23, 1997.

N.B. This work is part of a series of three-dimensional installations in which part of a scene is painted to mimic a (usually black-and-white) photograph. The artist describes: "From only one angle do the painted parts coalesce to form a coherent rectangle... However, from all other angles, the view of a coherent image falls apart into discontinuous or overlapping, often trapezoidal sections. The image disintegrates spatially similar to the way a (photographed) event dissolves in time. As the painted figures form and dissolve, they suggest memories emerging and fading. The different viewpoints also suggest opposing perceptions of reality. There is the viewpoint that reflects a contained and intelligible universe, while the other viewpoints reflect discontinuous, fluctuating and ambiguous states" (

Handwritten installation instructions and other notes signed by the artist accompany the lot.
Estimate $1,200-1,800

The color photograph of the work that accompanies the lot measures 30 x 20 in.

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Maria Lopez, Stephen Mindich, Gillian Brown, Andover