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    ERWIN OLAF (Dutch, b. 1959)
    Separation 2, 2002/2003
    Chromogenic print
    63 x 39-1/4 inches (160.0 x 99.8 cm)
    Ed. A/P 2
    Signed and numbered on label

    Arcaute arte contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)

    Erwin Olaf, Silver, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2003, p. 14 (illustrated in color); p. 265 (illustrated in color). This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition, Erwin Olaf - Silver, September 25 - November 30, 2003 at the Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands.

    This lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from arcaute arte contemporaneo.

    The characters are clad in black latex clothing from head to toe, but any association with unconventional sex is totally misplaced. "In the Separation photos, you can always see the child's eyes. The mother is blinded. I didn't want to give her an identity. It's up to the child, walking towards the outstretched arms, to create the emotion, the sense of isolation and the idea of separation. The photos have something to do with saying goodbye, about suffering the losses in life. It's a symbolic farewell, done after the death of my father, and the end of a couple of long-term relationships. I ended up using the series as a sort of therapy - for me it represents the acceptance of the realities of life." Erwin Olaf in Silver, p. 264

    Condition Report*: Very fine and thin surface scratches, not framed
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    23rd Tuesday
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