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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.

Born in Paris, France in 1972, Jules de Balincourt earned his BFA in 1998 from California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and his MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2005. He utilizes stencils, tape, and spray paint to create 'outsider art' that is rich with Americana imagery. His work has been exhibited all over the world including solo shows at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2010); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (2007); Arndt and Partner, Berlin, Germany (2006); and Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York, NY (2005). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Paint Loss
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Other area
Location: Other location
Notes: There are 4 small losses to the area around the massage table. There is another small loss in the center of the upper edge.
Degree: Minor
This work is in good condition overall. There is evidence of wear and handling around the edges. There are no signs of restoration under Ultraviolet light inspection. Unframed.

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Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
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Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • LFL Gallery, New York, NY Private Collection, Puerto Rico
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22.63 x 33.25 x 1.5 in. (57.48 x 84.46 x 3.81 cm.)
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