Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Live Auction

Modern + Contemporary Art & Design, Spring 2021

Sat, May 15, 2021 12:00PM EDT
Lot 392

Rick Wolfryd "Alteration" Sculpture (Koons Inspired)

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

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Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Rick Wolfryd (b. 1953), Ignacio Villareal (model maker), Huichol artisans
Marking(s); notes: signed, marking(s); TP; 2021
Country of origin; materials: American, Mexican; resin, glass
Dimensions (H, W, D): 16"h, 14.5"w, 8"d
Additional Information: Work is titled "Sea of Desire (Red)," inspired by Jeff Koons' balloon dog sculptures. The works are a collaboration between the artist and model maker Ignacio Villareal, building the models first in clay and finally in resin before they are swathed partially in hand-applied beadwork. Rick Wolfryd's "Alterations" series is a cultural commentary consisting of reconstructions of well-known pop art pieces, half clad in the intricate beadwork of the Huichol people of Mexico. Historically associated with religious significance, the practice has in time become more commercial. Provenance: Artist.

Spring 2021 Auction Series
Saturday, May 15th: Selections from the Palm Beach Estate of Paige Rense Noland (Session I)
Saturday, May 15th: Modern + Contemporary Art & Design (Session II)
Thursday, May 20th: Editions & Photography (Session III)

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very good, no issues to note