Artwork by Brad Phillips,  Against Courbet, Flipped

Brad Phillips
Against Courbet, Flipped

watercolour
signed, titled and dated 2013 in the lower margin
10.5 x 8 ins ( 26.7 x 20.3 cms ) ( subject )

Sold for $1,770.00
Sale date: September 26th 2018

Provenance:
Private Collection
Exhibited:
“Sex, Sex and Death”, Louis B. James Gallery, New York, New York, October 27 - December 7, 2013

Literature:
“No More Taboos: Brad Phillips Paints Against the Puritans,” interview with “Blouin ArtInfo”, November 30, 2015 [online]
This work and its title hold an obvious reference to Gustav Courbet’s “The Origin of the World” (1866), however, the artist argues that it is more about the intimacy of the moment rather than exploitative imagery of women by a male artist. In an interview with “Blouin ArtInfo” on the eroticism of some of his works, Phillips explains: “My work has always depicted intimate parts of my life; my life has always involved being in intimate relationships with women; and those relationships, of course, are also sexual…once I saw it all hanging in the gallery, it really seemed less and less like pornography to me, and more like intimacy and romance.”

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Brad Phillips
(1973)

Brad Phillips has held solo exhibitions at Division Gallery, Toronto; Fierman Gallery, New York; Wallspace Gallery, New York; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver and Toronto; Residence Gallery, London, UK; Groeflin Maag Galerie, Zurich; Galerie ZK, Berlin; LaMontagne Gallery, Boston; and at the Liste 07 Young Art Fair, Basel. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and in Guy Maddin's “The Keyhole Project” at the Beursschouwburg in Belgium. His work has been shown at Canadian and international art fairs and he was a finalist, representing Western Canada, in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2004. Phillips' works are included in the art collections of the Glenbow Museum, the Capital Group Companies, the Royal Bank of Canada, Hauser & Wirth Collection, and the Toronto philanthropist W. Bruce C. Bailey. In 2017 Phillips was commissioned to create a large-scale painting for the Willis Tower in Chicago (formerly the Sears Tower).