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Tony Oursler (American, b.1957)
LOT ID: 67648
Color Study for Super Pet, 2003

Acrylic, on Paper
27.9 х 35.4 in. (70.87 x 89.92 cm.)
Other, provenance label from Metro Pictures Gallery on the verso of frame. Artwork not inspected out of frame for signature.
Lot description
A wonderful example of Tony Oursler’s vibrant works on paper, “Color Study for Super Pet” (2003) employs a visual language similar to the artist's sought-after multi-media sculptural works. Fusing abstract pattern with corporeal form, an anonymous face emerges from the striped background. Further pointing to the artists use of video, the striped field recalls the iconic color calibration bars that typically appear before and after video footage. A classic example of Oursler's visual language, "Color Study for Super Pet" presents a biomorphic character that is both playful and humorous as well as grotesque and shocking, reflecting the artists fascination with the human psyche. 

Tony Oursler (born 1957 in New York, NY) is primarily known for his unique combination of video, sculpture, and performance. His works often draw upon humor, irony, narratives, and fantasy in their exploration of culture, media, and the individual. His work can be found in many of the most prestigious art collections throughout the world, such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

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