THE CONNOR BROTHERS (British, 20th c.)
Two: "A Man of Means" and "The Short Engagement"; ca. 2015; Collage of paperback books and paint; 7" x 4" (sight), 8" x 10 1/2" (framed); Provenance: Purchased from the artists; The artists known as the Connor Brothers satirize pop culture from Shakespeare to modern romantic novels. Under the pseudonym of twins Brendan and Franklyn Connor, they developed an invented biography that included an isolated childhood in a controversial Californian cult in the 1980s, escape as teenagers, and the subsequent creation of a body of work naively reconfiguring pop culture. In fact, they are a pair of art dealers who, in a fickle industry, re-invented themselves as artists. To their surprise, the art world fell thrall to the work. In 2013, the year the work was introduced, the initial acclaim resulted in sold out shows, placement in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and record auction prices realized in London, England. This response and resulting popularity prompted them to reveal their true identity to The Telegraph. The truth added to the artistsу desirability. They continue to produce work blurring reality and fiction. The Connor Brothers have had hugely successful shows in London, as well as at The Outsider Art Fair and The Art & Antiques Fair at The Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Sale Price: $1,500
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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