Unique Glass-topped Insect Display Table by Contemporary Artist Michael Kalish
Lot 1146W
Unique Glass-topped Insect Display Table by Contemporary Artist Michael Kalish
US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 18,000 - 25,000

Natural History

5 Dec 2017, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

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Unique Glass-topped Insect Display Table by Contemporary Artist Michael Kalish Unique Glass-topped Insect Display Table by Contemporary Artist Michael Kalish
Unique Glass-topped Insect Display Table by Contemporary Artist Michael Kalish
Comprising 59 individual specimens from world localities which were identified as follows: Giant long horn beetle, Titanus giganteus, Brazil; long horn beetle, Datocera pheryi; grasshopper, Maphyteus leprosus; Ludekingi stag, O.l. monticola; Black buqueti stag, H. buqueti; Giant bellicosus stag,O. bellicosus; Brookeanus stag, O. brookeanus; Giant brown stag, O-femorolis; Eremicola stag, O. eremicola; Wallastoni stag, O. wallastoni; Giraffa stag, C. giraffa; giant deer-horn stag, H. deyrollei; Giant cicada; Blue cicada; Giant brown cicada, Ponia imperatoria; Elephant beetle, Megasoma acteon, South America; stick insect, Phasmid; scorpion: steely blue leg, Pamphobeteus antinous, Bolivia/Peru; three-horn rhino, Chalcosoma caucasus; spike-nosed lanternfly, Zanna terminalis; African dung beetle; moving leaf, Phyllium giganteum; flower beetle, Goliathus goliatus, Africa; a grasshopper; a butterfly, Pinacopteryx eriphia, a dung beetle, Scarabaeus sennarensis; ground beetle, Ctonosta senegalensis; long-tailed ant lion; splendid beetle, Catoxanthe opulenta. Glass top measuring 8 x 4 feet, thickness 1/2in. Table without glass: height 30in. Length 7 feet. width 40 3/4in. The table is made out of aluminum and has been painted white.

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  • Michael Kalish
    When Michael Kalish combined pop culture and Americana with the object of his fascination, the heretofore "lowly license plate" was elevated from the junkyard to the museum, from garages and highways to the living room wall. In the process, he became the artist responsible for creating a new genre, winning international acclaim, and setting his expectations-defying career into motion.

    Out of the utilitarian and overlooked, Kalish fashions works of steely confidence, proudly displaying their wear, patina and rust as a tribute to that which endures. His license plate works include homages to America itself and to many of its most recognizable faces, capturing the likenesses of Marilyn, Elvis,The Beatles, and Mickey Mouse, all with a wink to pop masters such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. His roses, both framed and freestanding are made from automobile parts; their surprising voluptuousness led to solo exhibitions in Museums and Galleries in Stockholm, Geneva, Los Angeles, and New York. His giant abstracts, comprised of recycled classic car parts from the 50's and 60's, triumphantly declare their resurrections. His three-dimensional editions, constructed of high-gloss metal layers, playfully interact with viewers, affording unique experiences depending upon their vantage points.

    Monumental outdoor installations by Kalish include: the historic Muhammad Ali tribute- "reALIze"- wherein 1300 punching bags suspended 22-feet high conspire to form a three-dimensional rendering of the heavyweight champion's famous face, a series of two dozen towering pinwheels engineered on behalf of COPD awareness- exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, as well as "Raise The Caliber, a monumental public work made of reclaimed guns designed as a statement against violence, which is currently traveling the US.

    Embraced by critics, dealers, and an impressive list of contemporary art collectors, Michael Kalish's original works are featured in a variety of important collections. His unique position as a preeminent arbiter of style and taste has led to features articles about him in People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, Details, Wired, and ArtNews, as well as feature of stories on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, E!, MSN and TLC. Most recently he served as the host of Discovery Channel's Final Offer.
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