Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mark Tansey On Photography

The photographer's female subject appears ready to turn the tables on the paparazzo in Mark Tansey's On Photography (Homage to Susan Sontag) from 1982. Tansey adopts the style of film noir and has us wondering who is violating whom.

Mark Tansey (b. 1949)
On Photography (Homage to Susan Sontag)

Mark Tansey (b. 1949)

On Photography (Homage to Susan Sontag)

Price Realized 

  • $4,674,500
  • Price includes buyer's premium
    $3,000,000 - $4,000,000

Sale Information

Sale 2355 
Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale 
10 November 2010
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Lot Description

Mark Tansey (b. 1949)
On Photography (Homage to Susan Sontag)
signed, titled and dated 'Tansey 1982 "HOMAGE TO SUSAN SONTAG"' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
54 x 90 in. (137.2 x 228.6 cm.)
Painted in 1982. 

Special Notice

On occasion, Christie’s has a direct financial interest in lots consigned for sale, which may include guaranteeing a minimum price or making an advance to the consignor that is secured solely by consigned property. Christie’s may choose to assume this financial risk on its own or may contract with a third party for such third party to assume all or part of this financial risk. When a third party agrees to finance all or part of Christie’s interest in a lot, it takes on all or part of the risk of the lot not being sold, and will be remunerated in exchange for accepting this risk. The third party may also bid for the lot. Where it does so, and is the successful bidder, the remuneration may be netted against the final purchase price. If the lot is not sold, the third party may incur a loss. Christie’s guarantee of a minimum price for this lot has been fully financed through third parties.


Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
Dr. Allen Logerquist, New York
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Karen and Kenneth Heithoff, Chicago
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner 
Saleroom Notice
Please note that Christie's guarantee of lots 5, 27, 37, 39 and 76 have been financed by third parties who are bidding on those lots. The third parties will receive a financing fee from Christie's, whether or not they are the successful bidder.
Mark Tansey, exh. cat., Basel, 1990, n.p. (illustrated in color).
R. Smith, "Storyline," New York Times, 16 February 1990, p. 30.
A. Danto, Mark Tansey: Visions and Revisions, New York, 1992, p. 46 (illustrated in color).
New York, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Mark Tansey, 1982.
Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Currents: Mark Tansey, no. 23, January 1984.
New York, Edward Thorp Gallery, Storyline, February-March 1990.

Mark Tansey (b. 1949)
On Photography (Homage to Susan Sontag)

This photograph gives an idea of the scale of the painting. Formerly on


No comments:

Post a Comment