Alexander Ney

Inner Guide, 2018

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Lot 23
White terracotta sculpture, mounted atop a custom marble base
5.5 x 5.0 in (14.0 x 12.7 cm)
Signed on bottom


This work ships from Brooklyn, United States.


“Inner Guide is an example of Ney’s body of works examining issues of survival in mindset, time, and place. The white terracotta sculpture is enduring and elegant. The work signifies eternal existence, yet the delicate hollows point to the human experience, impermanent over time. Ney draws influence from both European modernism and prehistoric artifacts, evident in the sculptural details. Elements of modernism allude to cultural fragmentation, however the earthly material marked by incisions and depressions creates a representational figure, implying a reconstruction of traditional life and conventional art forms. While alluding to the work of ancient cultures, the piece is in line with a contemporary viewer’s postmodern reflection. This work embodies art history, as ancient artistic precedents still echo through our modern world.”
- Carley Nolan, student at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, M.A. Art Business, New York