Tony Berlant

(b. 1941)
Lot 79
Tony Berlant
Untitled (House)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
October 20, 2019
Lot 80
Tony Berlant
Low Mileage Blonde
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $7,500
October 20, 2019
Lot 81
Tony Berlant
Mistaken by the F.B.I.–Gallup, New Mexico #14
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,312
October 20, 2019
Lot 54
Tony Berlant
Arizona Avenue #74
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,688
February 17, 2019
Lot 55
Tony Berlant
California Night Life
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,250
February 17, 2019
Lot 226
Tony Berlant
Untitled (House)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
September 30, 2018
Lot 53
Tony Berlant
Untitled (House)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $9,375
February 25, 2018
Lot 253
Tony Berlant
Betty #50
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $22,500
October 22, 2017
Lot 254
Tony Berlant
Untitled (House)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 22, 2017
Lot 255
Tony Berlant
Untitled (House)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,937
October 22, 2017
Lot 14
Tony Berlant
Ducks in the News Pin
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 86
Tony Berlant
Tree Sweet Venus
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $11,875
March 5, 2017
Lot 87
Tony Berlant
Domestic Still Life (Blue)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 213
Tony Berlant
Cahuilla #17
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $15,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 90
Tony Berlant
Indian Wells #16
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
October 9, 2016
Lot 157
Tony Berlant
Lure
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,125
October 11, 2015
Lot 47
Tony Berlant
The Geometry of Desire
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,687
March 1, 2015
Lot 415
Tony Berlant
Untitled (House)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 7, 2012
Lot 266
Tony Berlant
The Wave
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 6, 2012

About The Artist


Born in New York City in 1941, artist Tony Berlant is celebrated for his intricate and highly inventive collages constructed from metal and other found materials. Berlant studied painting and sculpture at UCLA, where he was taught by Richard Diebenkorn and graduated with an MFA in 1962. He first came to attention in 1960 when his work was included in an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curated by influential art critic Clement Greenberg.

Berlant carefully crafts meticulously detailed, textured collages. His work employs a bricolage technique, incorporating a range of brightly-colored materials including wood, tin scraps, metal and thousands of tiny brads, or thin nails. These objects are often found and collected by the artist from the streets of Santa Monica, his adopted hometown.

Berlant works across multiple scales and formats and has produced as many abstract works as representational. The artist is particularly interested in landscape and as such has created numerous images of the natural world, from detailed representations of plants and flora to more surreal, dreamlike panoramics. The works are inspired by the everyday, by the artist’s surroundings as well as his own imaginings, “There are literal things, and things in my mind that I project into that space,” says Berlant. “It’s this combination of very literal depiction and highly subjective images all mixed-up together.”

Berlant’s alchemical touch transforms inexpensive materials like tin into expressive forms, resembling brushstrokes in a variety of sizes and shapes. The multitude of layers and textures in his compositions creates a sense of movement in the picture plane, imbuing the collages with a dynamic energy that leads the viewer’s eye across the work. The laborious process of construction is in itself an essential aspect of Berlant’s practice. The artist has been quoted as saying, “A lot of what I like about it is . . . the physical labor and activity.” This involves nailing shards of flat tin onto wooden panels, after which Berlant prints and collages his own photographs on both sides of the panel. The ambiguity of Berlant’s detailed, intensely evocative work conjures up multiple associations.

Berlant has exhibited widely in the United States and his work is held in numerous major collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“The Artist-Scavenger Who Turns Scraps of Tin Into Evocative Collages.” Artsy Editorial. S. Agustsson. Nov, 14, 2014. Web. Sept, 26 2016.

 

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