MacDougall Auctions 2-3 December 2009

2 December 2009

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Saxophone Player,</i> c. 1980

* § 554. NEY, ALEXANDER B. 1939

Saxophone Player, c. 1980

Terracota, 63.5 by 28 by 43 cm.
4,000-6,000 pounds

Provenance: Private collection, USA.

Provenance has been confirmed by the artist

Authenticity has been confirmed by the artist.

Exhibited: Group Exhibition, Bowles-Hopkins Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1983.

Related literature: For similar works, see Alexander Glezer, Contemporary Russian Art, Tretya Volna, New York, Moscow and Paris, 1993.
In Pursuit of Meaning: Alexander Ney, Moscow, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2009.

Leningrad-born painter and sculptor Alexander Ney, a markedly individualistic member of the nonconformist movement during the late 1950s and 1960s, emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1972, which made him one of the earliest figures of the Russian Emigre Art scene. An exemplary piece from his prolific body of work, Saxophone Player employs the artist’s unique futuristic vision of the plasticities of the human form, complimented by a highly-detailed skin — painstakingly hand-perforated by the artist — that seems to breathe life into the terracotta sculpture. The breathtaking result, a fusion of both ancient aesthetic wisdoms and understandings of modern art, is a prime demonstration of this artist's valuable contribution to the history of contemporary art.

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