Titus Kaphar born 1976

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Titus Kaphar - Pushing Back the Light
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Modern & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
May 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 190.500 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Both King and Accomplice
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New Now
March 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 88.900 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Mother with Child
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
November 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 139.700 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Unfit Description III
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New Now
September 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 18.000 - 22.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Titus Kaphar - Unfit Description II
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New Now
September 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 18.000 - 22.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Titus Kaphar - Fowl
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New Now
September 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: 27.940 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Both King and Accomplice
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New Now
March 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Titus Kaphar - Untitled (Redaction)
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 120.000 USD
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Titus Kaphar - My failure, not hers
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
November 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Titus Kaphar - Fade With Time
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
November 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 816.500 USD
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Titus Kaphar - The Jerome Project (Asphalt and Chalk) VIII
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session
November 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 94.500 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Jerome XVII
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Post-War to Present
October 2021
Christies
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 56.250 USD
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The artist Titus Kaphar

  • US-American painter and sculptor.
  • Investigates the history of representation of African Americans.
  • Is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

Titus Kaphar says he came to art relatively late. In his sophomore year in junior college, he took courses in art history, after which he tried his hand at painting himself. In his mid-20s, he decided to become an artist. Born in Michigan in 1976, Kaphar taught himself a lot about painting and art history in museums. The missing or one-sided representation of African Americans has been the driving force behind his own works ever since.

Kaphar cites Robert Rauschenberg as a major inspiration. The latter's dismantling and recomposition of traditional art motifs and genres, called Combine Paintings, overcame the boundary between painting and sculpture. Kaphar's paintings often have dominant overpaintings or overgluing, the canvases fall out of their frames or are crumpled. Sometimes there are figures in the painting that push a painting aside like a curtain and expose one hidden underneath.

In terms of content, Kaphar deals with (unknown) fates of African Americans. His intensive research often leads him to depictions that deal with the dreams and emotions of slaves. Kaphar first gained attention with a classically painted portrait of US President Thomas Jefferson, painted like a curtain and half-covering a portrait of his naked slave Sally Hemings. A 1998 DNA test with Hemings' descendants proved that Jefferson had children with his slave girl, who was 14 years old at the beginning. This ended a 200-year-long controversy. Kaphar sees Hemings as a symbol of all female slaves who were forced to bear children by their tormentors.

Kaphar is represented by the renowned Gagosian Gallery. His paintings are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and more. In 2018, Kaphar was a MacArthur Fellow, an annual award for individuals who demonstrate excellence in their field.

Der K√ľnstler Titus Kaphar

  • US-amerikanischer Maler und Bildhauer.
  • Untersucht die Geschichte der Repr√§sentation von Afroamerikanern.
  • Ist ein MacArthur Fellow von 2018.

Titus Kaphar kam nach eigener Aussage verhältnismäßig spät zur Kunst. In seinem zweiten Jahr im Junior College belegte er Kurse in Kunstgeschichte, woraufhin er sich selbst als Maler versuchte. Mit Mitte 20 beschloss er, Künstler zu werden. Der 1976 in Michigan geborene Kaphar brachte sich in Museen viel selbst über die Malerei und die Kunstgeschichte bei. Die fehlende oder einseitige Repräsentation von Afroamerikanern ist seither die treibende Kraft hinter seinen eigenen Werken.

Als große Inspiration gibt Kaphar Robert Rauschenberg an. Dessen Combine Paintings genannte Demontage und Neukomposition von traditionellen Kunstmotiven und -gattungen überwand die Grenze zwischen Malerei und Skulptur. Kaphars Gemälde weisen häufig dominante Übermalungen oder Überklebungen auf, die Leinwände fallen aus ihren Rahmen oder sind zerknüllt. Manchmal sind es auch Figuren im Bild, die ein Gemälde wie einen Vorhang zur Seite schieben und ein darunter verborgenes freilegen.

Inhaltlich befasst sich Kaphar mit (unbekannten) Schicksalen von Afroamerikanern. Seine intensiven Recherchen führen ihn oft zu Darstellungen, die sich mit Träumen und Emotionen von Sklaven befassen. Erste Aufmerksamkeit erlangte Kaphar mit einem klassisch gemalten Porträt von US-Präsident Thomas Jefferson, das wie ein Vorhang gemalt ist und ein Porträt seiner nackten Sklavin Sally Hemings halb verdeckt. Ein DNA-Test mit Hemings‘ Nachfahren von 1998 bewies, dass Jefferson Kinder mit seiner zu Beginn 14-jährigen Sklavin hatte. Damit wurde eine 200 Jahre lange Kontroverse beendet. Kaphar sieht in Hemings ein Symbol für alle Sklavinnen, die gezwungen wurden, Kinder von ihren Peinigern auszutragen.

Kaphar wird von der renommierten Gagosian Gallery vertreten. Seine Gemälde befinden sich in den Sammlungen des Museum of Modern Art New York, des New Britain Museum of American Art, dem Seattle Art Museum, dem Virginia Museum of Fine Arts und weiteren. 2018 war Kaphar ein MacArthur Fellow, ein jährlicher Preis für Personen, die in ihrem Fachgebiet herausragende Leistungen vorweisen.

Titus Kaphar - Holy Absence II
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
October 2021
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 GBP
Realised: 315.000 GBP
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Titus Kaphar - Martyr
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Titus Kaphar - How I remember him
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2021
Christies
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 GBP
Realised: 125.000 GBP
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Titus Kaphar - Jerome X
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New Now
September 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 100.800 USD
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Titus Kaphar - The Jerome Project (Asphalt and Chalk) XIII
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New Now
September 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 100.800 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Tina Vesper
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New Now
September 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 81.900 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Carriage Ride
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Contemporary Curated
September 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 180.000 - 250.000 USD
Realised: 239.400 USD
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Titus Kaphar - The Jerome Project (Asphalt and Chalk) XIV
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
June 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 78.120 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Jerome XIV
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
June 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 151.200 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Untitled III
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
June 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 300.000 - 400.000 USD
Realised: 1.058.500 USD
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Titus Kaphar - The Gift Of Disinheritance
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
May 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 327.600 USD
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Titus Kaphar - Fowl
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New Now
March 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 30.000 - 40.000 USD
Realised: 27.720 USD
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