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Sabine Moritz

(1969 )
MORITZ Sabine Test

Sotheby's
Jul 2, 2015
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Sabine Moritz - Test

Sabine Moritz - Test

Original 2005
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Lot number: 362
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Sabine Moritz

B. 1969

TEST

signed and dated 2005 on the reverse

oil on canvas

50 by 60cm.; 19 3/4 by 23 5/8 in.

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Literature

Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Adam Zagajewski, Sabine Moritz: Helicopter, London 2014, p. 50, illustrated in colour
Sabine Moritz - Aurora I

Sabine Moritz - Aurora I

Original 2006
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Lot number: 346
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Sabine Moritz

B. 1969

AURORA I

signed and dated 2006 on the reverse

oil on canvas

100 by 120cm.; 39 3/8 by 47 1/4 in.

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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Exhibited

Dusseldorf, Felix Ringel Galerie, Sabine Moritz: Bilder, 2012

Wuppertal-Barmen, Von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Sabine Moritz: Bilder und Zeichnungen 1991-2013, 2014, p. 69, illustrated in colour

Literature

Heni Publishing, Eds., Sabine Moritz: Helicopter, London 2014, p. 24, illustrated in colour

The German artist Sabine Moritz made the first of her Helicopters in 2002 following the events of 9/11. At a time where the image of aircraft and helicopters in particular was more than ever symbolically loaded, Moritz noted that \‘[a]ircraft have now also come to symbolise loss. They have become an ambivalent symbol\’\’ (Sabine Moritz quoted in: Sabine Moritz, Helicopter, London 2014, n.p.). Over the last decades, the connotation of this image has shifted from a mainly positive towards highly ambiguous one. Associated with brutal wars and humanitarian catastrophes, the helicopter has become a symbol of collective memory and cultural remembrance. While the works of Moritz defy any personal or geographic specificity, the helicopters ultimately evoke very personal images and experiences: \“The artistic tension in Moritz\’\’s series arises from the fine balance of wider meaning and subjective response\” (Ibid., n.p.).
In the present work, a seemingly endless line of helicopters bisects the canvas diagonally while constantly approaching closer towards the viewer. Moritz\’\’s skilful painterly technique complements the ambiguity inherent in the motif of the helicopter. The coloured abstraction leads to a slight overall blur and the apparently beautiful and peaceful landscape is suddenly contrasted by wire fence on both sides of the canvas. Rather than boldly illustrating events, Moritz evokes subtle but powerful images that create a strong atmosphere. \“Sabine Moritz\’\’s works heighten our awareness of memory as a dynamic process in which things are constantly reframed and where there can be no definitive picture of the past\” (Ibid. n.p.).
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