David Salle

David Salle

Nationality: American

Biography:
David Salle was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1952 and grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where he began taking life-drawing classes at eight years old. He continued his studies in outside art classes during high school, and he went on to study with John Baldessari at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where he earned both his BFA and MFA degrees. Salle’s work came into the contemporary art scene in New York in the early 1980s. As a young artist supporting himself through several jobs, one of his earliest creative influences came from the remnants of working in the art department of a soft-core pornography magazine. When the publisher folded, he saved up several photographs that he used in his paintings as source material, involving the subjects of nudes, sporting events, and airplane crashes. Salle owes ones of his strongest influences to filmmaking, specifically to filmmakers Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Preston Sturges. Cinematic devices, such as splicing and the use of montage are undoubtedly recognized in his work. His work follows the conversation of Neo-Expressionism, and to further develop his creative agency, he traveled to Europe in the late 1970s in order to absorb the work of his German contemporaries. It was in 1981 when art dealer Mary Boone exhibited Salle’s first solo show, and thereafter he gained popularity for returning the figure to painting. His paintings continue to distinguish themselves by combining figurative subjects with formal compositional painting and the appropriation of images from pop culture. He juxtaposes and fragments what seem to be unrelated images, creating original yet complicated narratives that refuse a singular interpretation. In addition to painting, Salle is also an accomplished costume and stage set designer, having worked with companies such as the American Ballet Theater, where he first collaborated with Karole Armitage, an avant-garde choreographer and dancer with whom he has done several works. He was also the director of the commercial film Search and Destroy in 1995, produced by Martin Scorsese, starring Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, and Christopher Walken. He continued to paint alongside the stage, creating series such as the Tapestry Paintings (1989-91) and Ballet Paintings (1992-93). Salle even added sculpture to his oeuvre, and he began exhibiting his black-and-white photographs, several of which were made in preparation for his paintings. One key component of his work that has been used since 2004 is the vortex motif, juxtaposing the abstract, cartoonish form with representational imagery. Today David Salle lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


 

David Salle Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
David Salle (American, b. 1952) Sugar Bowl with Carved Bird, 1988 Oil and acrylic on canvas, on two panels 41 x 56 in
David Salle (American, b. 1952)Sugar Bowl with Carved Bird, 1988Oil and acrylic on canvas, on two panels41 x 56 in...
Lot 70093
Auction 5224
Saturday, November 14, 2015
$26,000.00
Portfolio Curated by David Salle MEGUMI Portfolio, 2013 A portfolio of ten digital prints each sheet measures 24 x 20
Portfolio Curated by David SalleMEGUMI Portfolio, 2013A portfolio of ten digital printseach sheet measures 24 x 20...
Lot 65135
Auction 5304
Monday, April 10, 2017
$8,750.00
DAVID SALLE (American, b. 1952) Untitled, 1982 Acrylic on paper 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm) sheet Signed in penc
DAVID SALLE (American, b. 1952)Untitled, 1982Acrylic on paper22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm) sheetSigned in penc...
Lot 72286
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
$3,500.00
DAVID SALLE (American, b. 1952) High and Wide (from High and Low series), 1994 Lithograph and woodcut in colors 57-3/
DAVID SALLE (American, b. 1952)High and Wide (from High and Low series), 1994Lithograph and woodcut in colors57-3/...
Lot 65127
Auction 5167
Saturday, November 23, 2013
$2,750.00
DAVID SALLE (American, b. 1952) Untitled, 2004 Watercolor on paper 5 x 3 inches (12.7 x 7.6 cm) Initialed and dated
DAVID SALLE (American, b. 1952)Untitled, 2004Watercolor on paper5 x 3 inches (12.7 x 7.6 cm)Initialed and dated ...
Lot 64073
Auction 5113
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
$2,500.00

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David Salle (American, b. 1952) Untitled, 1991 Gouache and pencil on etching proof 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm) S
David Salle (American, b. 1952)Untitled, 1991Gouache and pencil on etching proof25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)S...
Lot 61714
Auction 5285
Saturday, June 10, 2017
$750.00
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