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Lot 169: Lawrence Carroll

Lot 169: Lawrence Carroll

Obituary Series (4)

c. 1987-1991
Mixed media collage on paper
A: Inscribed and signed "For Chris from Larry" lower left; C: signed "Larry W Carroll" in pencil lower right
A: Sheet (vis.): 23.75" x 18"; Frame: 35.75'' x 29.5''; B: Sheet: 23.75" x 17.75 C: Sheet: 23.75" x 18.5"; Frame: 36.5'' x 31''; D: Sheet: 24'' x 19''
A: "Jasper Johns dies"; B: "Brice Marden is dead"; C: "R. Rauschenberg, shot to death"; D:"David Salle dies"
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist
Literature: Rossi, Laura Mattioli. Lawrence Carroll. Milan: Edizioni Charta, 2008. (another example in the series illustrated p 43).
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $11,875
Inventory Id: 3535

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Molding ordinary objects, restrained colors, and layered images atop constructed canvases, American artist Lawrence Carroll (b. 1950) straddles the border between painter and assemblage artist. Of Australian descent, Carroll moved to Santa Monica, California as a child and attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Upon moving with his own family to New York in 1984, his art career gained serious momentum, leading to his first solo exhibition in 1988. The Obituary Series from the late-80s are some of his earliest works that combine paint, pencil, and text cutout from newspapers. These works - created before any of the featured artists had actually died - directly confront the audience, forcing the viewer to react to the deaths of influential artists. In the examination of these premature obituaries presented as unearthed relics, the viewer questions the role of these artists in their lives. In addition to Carroll’s own auto-obituary, Robert Rauschenberg is given a death notice; a fitting eulogy considering that some of Carroll’s recent constructions resemble Rauschenberg’s Combines. While Carroll often attaches everyday objects to his canvases, for his Calendar Series he used only a few materials to construct a common item. For Calendar (c. 1987-1989), an early example of a series he continues to revisit, he used layers of handmade canvas, wax, and resin to create a blank wall calendar in disrepair. Currently living in Venice, Italy, Carroll continues to create art that can be viewed in international exhibitions and permanent collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Hughes, Robert J. “Lawrence Carroll’s Corners.” Artslant.com. Art Slant Paris, 3 May 2010. Web. 12 Aug. 2012.