JACK PIERSON (b. 1960) You Rotten Prick, 2004

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Lot 19▲ ¤
JACK PIERSON
(b. 1960)
You Rotten Prick, 2004

Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium

Contemporary Art

13 May 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

JACK PIERSON (b. 1960)
You Rotten Prick, 2004
signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'YOU ROTTEN PRICK 2004 29 P.CA JACK PIERSON' (on the reverse of the 'R')
found letters: plastic, metal, styrofoam and wood
43 x 55 in. (109.2 x 139.7cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Alison Jacques Gallery, London.
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2004).

    LITERATURE:
    R.D. Marshall, Jack Pierson: Desire Despair, New York 2006 (illustrated in color, p. 118).

    "I want to go further than the sadness my words may give off, overcome it. Not all the pieces are like that, but there is an inherent (and inevitable) sadness in old things when taken out of their natural context, and I want to go further. I'm looking for a kind of universality..." (Pierson, quoted in ArtForum, January 2010).

    While the work of Jack Pierson is often described as melancholy, there is an obvious humor to You Rotten Prick. With its abrupt and unapologetic expletive, this is a sculpture, the words that they spell out imbue them with a new power. They express a feeling that most of us have felt, rendering rage and exasperation in bold high relief. And despite their weather-worn appearance, they express it in no uncertain terms.
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