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New York triptych



Francis Alÿs

Belgium, Mexico

1959 –

Alternate image of New York triptych by Francis Alÿs
Alternate image of New York triptych by Francis Alÿs
Alternate image of New York triptych by Francis Alÿs
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas, enamel on metal; series consisting of one painting by Francis Alÿs (left) and sign paintings by Enrique Huerta (centre) and Emilio Rivera (right)
    installation dimensions variable :

    a - oil on canvas, 13.5 x 15.8 x 2 cm, painted by Alys

    b - enamel on metal, 91 x 120 x 4 cm, painted by Enrique Huerta

    c - enamel on metal, 60 x 75 x 2 cm, painted by Enrique Huerta

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r.verso panel b, black fibre-tipped pen "... F. ALŸS - 1995-6 ...".
    Signed and dated l.l. verso panel c, black fibre-tipped pen ".../ F. ALŸS/ 1995...".

    Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Francis Alÿs. Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

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  • About

    Francis Alÿs’ work is at once surreal and anchored in everyday experiences of city life. Much of his work occurs in or directly references urban streets and has a peculiar, awkward charm that highlights the strangeness of the ordinary.

    Both ‘New York triptych’ and ‘Three men in cravats triptych’ draw upon the vernacular of Mexican sign painting, blurring the boundaries between commercial and fine art practices. Taking up the themes of repetition and authenticity, these works are collaborative, with Alÿs making a small painting that local sign painters then reproduce on a larger scale, each painter inevitably imbuing the image with their own subtle shifts in style and scale.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Francis Alÿs

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