Lot Details

Approximate dimensions are 18 by 5 by 10 inches (45.7 by 12.7 by 25.4 cm).

Crafted from commercial objects to resemble a gas mask, "Mediation Mask (Small Tomato Sauce)" is an assemblage made in the brash, irreverent tradition of Pop Art. A pair of brand-name men's underwear and a tomato sauce can (a sly homage to Andy Warhol) represent the main components of the mask, which is stained with wheatgrass juice. Executed with the artist's signature wit and cynicism, the piece is a commentary on sexuality and media culture, as well as the anxiety they entail.

Christian Holstad (b. 1972) is a contemporary American artist best known for his wry and provocative mixed media works and assemblages. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial (2004) and he has had solo exhibitions at Massimo de Carlo Gallery, Milan, Italy (2004, 2005); Victoria Miro, London, England (2005); Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan (2005); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2004); MoMA P.S. 1, Queens, NY (2004); Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY (2002, 2003, 2004); Aurel Scheibler Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2003, 2004); and Daniel Schmidt Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2004), among others. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Selected Public Collections:
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 5 x 10 in. (45.72 x 12.7 x 25.4 cm.)

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