Three Crows
signed, titled and dated 'Gary Simmons 95' "Three Crows"' (on the reverse)
chalk on paper
30 ⅛ x 22 ⅜ in. (76.5 x 56.8 cm.)
Executed in 1995.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, 2003
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American artist Gary Simmons is best-known for his "erasure" works, which he began in the 1980s where the artist blurred white chalk on slate-painted panels or walls. Often addressing race and class, Simmons' hazy, blurred chalk lines evokes what the artist describes as "a kind of silence in both voice and visibility.” In the present lot, Three Crows, executed in 1995, one can image the artist rubbing the side of his hand, vigorously rubbing away the letters. The title, Three Crows, has a multitude of meanings in folklore and popular culture. Historically known as harbingers of doom and death, three crows is as also seen as warning, the overturn of current uptrend, particularly in the stock market.
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