LOT S115 DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINEZ / UNTITLED (FROM THE SERIES IF ONLY GOD HAD INVENTED COCA COLA, SOONER! OR, THE DEATH OF MY PET MONKEY), 2004
Screenprint with letterpress
27.9375 x 21.9375 inches (71.0 x 55.7 cm), paper size
Artist Proof (aside from the edition of 5)
Auction estimate: $3,500
Gift of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California
Daniel Joseph Martinez is recognized for his complex, multilayered, and often
controversial work. He provokes audiences in public spaces through a range of
media, including text, photography, sculpture, video, and site-specific street
performance. For the 1993 Whitney Biennial, Martinez replaced the text on the
museum's admission tags with all or part of the words, "I Can't Ever Imagine Wanting
to Be White," thereby challenging visitors to question culturally accepted racial
hierarchies and assumptions about public space.
At the heart of Martinez's work is the artist's desire to open dialogue and debate
about provocative topics or surprising materials.
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