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    Robert Heinecken (1931-2006)
    Venus Mirrored, 1968
    Layers of lithographic film transparencies between Plexiglas
    Wood grain laminated perimeter binding
    4-1/2 x 3-5/8 x 1 inches (11.4 x 9.1 x 2.5 cm)
    Number 1 from the series of 6

    The artist;
    Private collection, Los Angeles, California, gift from the above.

    Robert Heinecken devoted his artistic career to questioning not only the role of the photographer, but also of the boundaries placed on the medium itself. In turn, he explored the role of the modern artist, creating a legacy that is often discussed more in terms of conceptual art and less in terms of photography. In fact, Heinecken was a self-defined 'paraphotographer' since his work stood 'beside' or 'beyond' traditional notions of photography.

    During the 1960s, a time when the definitions of beauty, race, and gender flooded the media and the public eye, Heinecken used his art as a means to question the origin and legitimacy of these social stereotypes. In his early work of assemblages of found images from torn magazine pages and for photographs of familiar media iconography, he used various creative methods such as lithography, etching, and direct-exposure photograms to transform the images. As a result, his work engages the viewer's natural desire to formulate representational images, while denying the reality of an individual continuous picture.

    In this iconic work, Venus Mirrored, 1968, Heinecken renders the photograph as a sculptural object, creating layers of transparent images of the female nude, which rotate on an axis and create a multiple of blended bodies contingent on how the manipulator turns each layer. This jewel-like multilayered film photo-sculpture nods to cinema, sequence, and media representation. Given its petite, compact size, this object evokes an intimacy with the beholder, who can quite literally hold and control the piece in their hands.

    A similar version, #6, was featured in the retrospective "Robert Heinecken: Object Matter" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York held from March 15-September 7, 2014; toured at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles held from October 3, 2014-January 18, 2015. This was the first retrospective of the artist's work since his death in 2006, displaying over 150 works of art spanning four decades.

    Proceeds from the sale of Venus Mirrored will help support the humanitarian programs of Medicines Global.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    11th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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