Artwork by John Massey,  The Kiss (Phantoms of the Modern Series)

John Massey
The Kiss (Phantoms of the Modern Series)

digital print
signed, titled, dated 2004 and numbered 2/4 to a label on the reverse
34.75 x 27.5 ins ( 88.3 x 69.9 cms ) ( image )

Auction Estimate: $5,000.00$3,000.00 - $5,000.00

Price Realized $2,400.00
Sale date: December 3rd 2020

Private Collection, Toronto
John Massey’s “Phantoms of the Modern” series was born out of the artist's process-based re-inhabitation of his childhood home. The home was designed by the artist's father, architect Hart Massey II, in the style of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and was the artist's introduction to modern minimalist design which has influenced the stark aesthetic of his work.

This series explores the medium of photography through digital manipulation of still images of his childhood home and the confrontation of place entrenched within. Through these subtle manipulations of the rooms, Massey disrupts the notions of familiarity and place giving a nod to surrealist theory and practice.

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John Massey

John Massey was born in 1950 in Toronto, where he is currently based. One of Canada’s most prominent contemporary artists, he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1979. Selected exhibitions include Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971 - 1989, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2017); Looking Out and Looking In: A Selection of Contemporary Photography, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2013); Envisioning Buildings, Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography, MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna (2012); Yesterday’s Tomorrows, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2010); and Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection, Hamburger Banhof, Berlin (2006). Massey’s work resides in institutional collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto; as well as numerous international private and corporate collections.