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Jules de Balincourt (French, b.1972)
LOT ID: 81462
Massage Table (Devices of Leisure, Comfort and Healing), 2002

Acrylic, Enamel, on Wood
22.63 х 33.25 х 1.5 in. (57.48 x 84.46 x 3.81 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated, verso
Lot description
In 'Massage Table (Devices of Leisure, Comfort, and Healing)', Jules de Balincourt pokes fun at the objects and activities associated with health, leisure, and luxury. Here, de Balincourt focuses on an unoccupied massage table, which waits in a stark room for its next visitor. Through perspective and the unnatural light source, de Balincourt creates a cold, uneasy feeling that relates more to hospital room than spa, demonstrating the thin line between pain and pleasure.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MaRT, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
MASSAGE TABLE (DEVICES OF LEISURE, COMFORT AND HEALING) by Jules de Balincourt
  • MASSAGE TABLE (DEVICES OF LEISURE, COMFORT AND HEALING) by Jules de Balincourt
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