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Reflecting the artist’s affinity for the grotesque, this extremely rare, early work from 1977 by Joe Coleman depicts a group of side show performers. With nuance and detail, "Storm" both analyzes and exalts the dark side of human nature.

Joe Coleman (b. 1955) is a New York-based artist best known for his highly colorful and intricate illustrations and paintings, which often take the form of portraits of fringe historical figures and pop cultural icons. The dense referencing and idiosyncratic complexity present in Coleman’s works have drawn comparisons to the Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch, while the artist’s use of color and collage-like effects indicates his background as a comic book artist. He has a vast collection of serial-killer and sideshow ephemera wax-museum dioramas all housed in his "Odditorium. In 2006, Jack Tilton (NY) had a retrospective of his work. Coleman’s work has been featured in recent exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), KW Institut (Berlin) Bass Museum, Miami, FL (2009); the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (2009); the Jewish Museum, New York, NY (2010); and the National Academy Museum, New York, NY (2012), among others.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Remains of Hinges / Adhesive
Area: Verso, Margin
Location: Center
Notes: Marks on mat, verso and recto, from adhesive
Degree: Minor
Surface Soiling / Requires Cleaning
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: Minor soiling on mat, as pictured
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner Private Collection, New York
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 17.5 in. (30.48 x 44.45 cm.)
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