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20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine Art

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Lot 4

Piotr Uklanski (b. 1969): Untitled (Granuloma)

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

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Acrylic on canvas, 2011, signed with initials 'PU', titled and dated on the stretcher.

60 x 40 in., unframed.

Note: Untitled (Granuloma) is part of an ongoing series of paintings begun in 2007 known as the "blood paintings." They are all Untitled with subtitles in parentheses that refer to subjects as varied as popular culture, his interest in spaghetti western movies and the artist's ideas about death and the human struggle. The subtitle of this work, Granuloma, is a medical term that refers to a small area of inflammation, usually found in the lungs. Uklanski has been quoted as saying he thinks of death all the time as part of his Polish heritage. These paintings are quiet and meditative in their suggestion of splattered blood and they also represent the red and white flag of his native land. The paintings themselves are laborious to make. Uklanski meticulously drops each bit of color onto the canvas or board, layer after layer. The series was begun to commemorate the Warsaw Uprisings during WWII and the commonly held idea that his countrymen spilled their blood to preserve the nation. Through the process of creating each work, Uklanski began to feel that they were more about the act of making them than the original idea. In this way the series represents Uklanski's far-ranging use of medium, choice of subject matter and his controversial and fluid attitude towards his art. 

The artist.

Property from a Distinguished Gentleman, New York City


A few unobtrusive scuffs at bottom. Otherwise in very good condition.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.