Description

    RICHARD TUTTLE AND KIKI SMITH (American, b. 1941; b. 1954)
    Bouquet, 2001
    18 Karat gold, 19th Century silk damask, armature wire, pinewood, hardware
    8-1/2 x 9 x 5-1/2 inches (21.6 x 22.9 x 14.0 cm)
    Ed. 7/18
    Signed, dated and numbered by both artists

    PROVENANCE:
    Mo-artgallery
    Private Collection, Texas (acquired from the above in 2004)

    NOTE:
    Kiki Smith's contribution to Bouquet is an 18 karat gold pin cast from the tip of her tongue and perched on the crest of the silk wave created by Tuttle's armature. This body piece is a delicate bridge between Smith's earlier body works and her recent work with decorative motifs and precious materials. Richard Tuttle has created a sculpture that acts as a display for the pin as well as the swath of damask, a 19th Century reproduction of a 16th Century silk cloth. The simple armature is constructed from raw wood, wire and hardware; materials the artist has worked with to great effect for decades. The pin is meant to be worn, essentially an example of two elements that exist separately but that are always meant to come together to be complete.


    Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    22nd Tuesday
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