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

Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation

Sale 121 Lot 42

Robert Arneson
(American, 1930-1992)
Brick Self-Portrait on Pedestal, 1981
terra cotta
stamped ARNESON on multiple bricks and date stamped 1975 and incised 1979 on two different bricks
68"h x 15"w x 15"d

Private Collection, Kansas City, Missouri
George Adams Gallery, New York, New York
The Estate of Candice B. Groot, Evanston, Illinois

Catalog Note:
Well known for his ceramic sculptures and numerous self-portraits, Robert Arneson's body of work has been described as an "autobiography in clay." He tests the boundaries of self-representation with this self-portrait that depicts Arneson symbolically, not pictorially. The base, a stylized brick, trompe l'œil Doric column, provides solidity to a stack of seemingly teetering bricks, topped with what appears to be an actual brick. However, on closer inspection, facial features appear with a singular eye peering back at the viewer. In placing his unconventional figure on a pedestal, Arneson references the reverence of classical sculpture through time, thus furthering his goal of establishing himself as a major sculptor.

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Sold for $36,250