A modern day explorer, Cyprien Gaillard uses his sculptures to conserve remnants from modern industry and commercialization, presenting them as museum-worthy artefacts. Always seeing beauty in ruins, Gaillard presents here the ‘tooth’ from a Caterpillar bulldozer as one such artefact: “ So here you have these two parts that are called teeth, like the teeth of an animal… It really looks like an African mask, it’s amazing. They’re all from this place next to Joshua Tree. It’s kind of a Caterpillar graveyard.”

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2012: Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, "Cyprien Gaillard-What It Does To Your City," September-October

Sprueth Magers, Berlin
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The work of Cyprien Gaillard (French, b.1980) investigates human conditions and past and present cultures by addressing the relationship between architecture and nature, and evolution and erosion. Using various mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, film, and video, Gaillard juxtaposes pictorial beauty with elements of sudden violence and destruction. His work has featured in solo exhibitions at leading public institutions such as the Tate Modern, London, Jeu de Paume, Paris and MoMA PS1, New York as well as group shows at the New Museum, New York and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2010, he was the recipient of the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize.

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Untitled (Tooth), 2012
Lot Number 8
Excavator bucket tooth with display case
Tooth: 11.375 x 3.5 x 4.5 in (28.892 x 8.89 x 11.43 cm)
Display case: 78.75 x 11.875 x 11.875 in (200.02 x 30.162 x 30.162 cm)

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