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Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT

Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation

Sale 121 Lot 7

John Wilde
(American, 1919-2006)
Work Reconsidered: Love After Murder, Series III, 1989
oil on wood
signed in ink verso
13 1/8" x 20 1/4"

Provenance:
Perimeter Gallery, Inc., Chicago, Illinois (label verso)
Schmidt-Bingham Gallery, New York, New York (label verso)

Exhibitions:
Wildeworld: The Art of John Wilde, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 13 November 1999 through 09 January 2000

Literature:
Panczenko, Russell, and Theodore F. Wolff, Wildeworld: the Art of John Wilde, Hudson Hills Press, 1999

Wilde, John and Lisa Wainwright, Things of Nature and the Nature of Things: John Wilde in the McClain Collection, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2006, pl. 15

Catalog Note:
John Wilde's Work Reconsidered: Love after Murder (1989) is a macabre journey through the artist's mind, bringing violence and sex together in a Wisconsin landscape of lustful destruction. Wearing a harlequin leotard, a man engages in foreplay with a woman who is pleasuring herself. Did he (or they?) dismember the body that lies in pieces among numerous potential implements of murder and mayhem? And what do the non-sequitur objects, which confuse and obfuscate, mean in the larger scheme of this surrealism? Sometimes in Wilde's work a murder scene is not literally a murder scene, but here it is nonetheless disturbing and thought-provoking.

Estimate $8,000-12,000

Sold for $32,500