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Haim Steinbach (American, b.1944)
LOT ID: 64511
Pop Art I-1, 1990

Mixed Media, rubber mask over Styrofoam and 4 ceramic cups on plastic laminated wood shelf
45 х 28.4 х 25.5 in. (114.3 x 72.14 x 64.77 cm.)
Signed, and dated on verso. unique
Edition unique
Lot description
Completed in 1990, this mixed media work by Haim Steinbach perfectly captures his style of using found objects and combining them into a single work which speaks to the inundation of commercialism, kitsch, and low brow themes as translated through banal everyday things. Using a Bart Simpson rubber mask as the focal point, the artist aligns a row of four breast mugs in the background and carefully arranges everything on a yellow box. Exploring themes of Pop culture and the comically unabashed, Steinbach exemplifies his iconic use of transforming readymade objects into a something that makes the viewer stop and truly think about what it is they’re seeing.

Born in Rehovot, Israel and immigrating to the United States in 1944, artist Haim Steinbach (B. 1944) is known for incorporating a range of ordinary found objects in ways that symbolize a world overrun by consumerism, appropriation, and pop culture. Steinbach explores the relationship of objects within a cultural, societal, psychological, and traditional context to tease out visual perceptions, identities, and aesthetics. Carefully arranging his work on triangular shelves or boxes, Steinbach elevates his ordinary objects into the world of high art, much like Marcel Duchamp and his famous readymades, transcending the boundaries of what’s traditionally considered art. He received his BFA from the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), a diploma from the Université d’Aix Marseille (Marseille, France), and his MFA from Yale University (New Haven, CT). The artist has exhibited at numerous institutions worldwide including the Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel), Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), LAMOCA (Los Angeles, CA), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and the National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto, Japan), among others.

Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tate Modern, London
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
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