11 - 16 October 2022

Pablo Bronstein at Frieze London 2022

    11 - 16 October 2022

    Pablo Bronstein at Frieze London 2022

    For the 2022 edition of Frieze London we are exhibiting a selection of hand-coloured etchings by Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977), which are explored further in this Online Viewing Room.

    Bronstein’s body of work, which is often humorous, includes drawings, prints, choreography and performance, all of which have architecture at their heart. The act of hand-colouring in his prints is a reference to Bronstein’s interest in pre-modern art history, and to the historical tradition of printmaking. Prior to the nineteenth century, the application of colour on prints was almost always done by hand.

    A selection of hand-coloured etchings by Pablo Bronstein, tracing the artist’s development over the past five years, begins with his depictions of cake baskets and tea urns, which relate to Bronstein’s personal collection of eighteenth-century silverware. Also using eighteenth-century architectural engravings as the source of his work, the design for a cake basket relates to Roman city views by Italian architect, antiquarian, etcher and writer, Piranesi.

    In 2019 Bronstein made Dressing table, Lisbon earthquake, an ironic, imaginary view of the aftereffects of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake in the form of a shattered domestic dressing table at the moment of impact.

    Bronstein’s newest pair of editions Sugar Caster and Sugar Caster ‘Meissen’, 2021, take as their subject matter an object now largely absent from contemporary dining tables.  Used exclusively by the wealthy between the seventeenth and nineteenth century, as only they could afford the small sugar granules which could be cast (caster sugar), and often made in silver or porcelain, sugar casters became signifiers of status, consumerism, trade and refined taste.

    Find out more and view the works below. Contact [email protected] if you require any further information. The prints are on view at our Booth A07 at Frieze London, 12 – 16 October 2022.

    Portrait: Joshua Monaghan

    Pablo Bronstein

    Dressing table, Lisbon earthquake, 2019
    Hard ground etching with hand-colouring on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm
    Paper: 72.3 x 62.4 cm
    Image: 56.0 x 47.0 cm
    Edition of 25

    Pablo Bronstein

    Sugar Caster, 2021
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm
    Paper: 71.9 x 61.8 cm
    Image: 48.6 x 57.7 cm
    Edition of 25
    “The fact that they look like these perfect phallic objects with ornaments encrusted on them is too much for me to resist. I could just buy these things again and again. But now I’m trying to behave like a more serious connoisseur-collector and buy things that I don’t have. I want to publish a book about them. " 

    – Bronstein on his collection of antique sugar casters

    Pablo Bronstein

    Sugar Caster 'Meissen', 2021
    Hard ground etching with hand-colouring by the artist on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm
    Paper: 71.9 x 61.8 cm
    Image: 48.6 x 57.7 cm
    Edition of 25

    Pablo Bronstein

    Design for a cake basket and two muffineers en-suite I, 2017
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm hand-coloured with Lemon Yellow ink
    Paper: 69.9 x 89.2 cm
    Image: 54.8 x 74.2 cm
    Edition of 30
    "The design for a cake basket relates most immediately to Piranesi’s Roman city views, which I have made reference to by sitting the basket between large Roman palazzi to the left and right, on top of a plausible rather than implausible bridge and embankment. I also used his trick of overscaling objects in order to add drama to an otherwise unremarkable object – such as we see with his pulleys or hooks, which take on colossal stature."

    – Bronstein on Design for a cake basket and two muffineers en-suite, 2017

    Pablo Bronstein

    Design for a cake basket and two muffineers en-suite II, 2017
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm hand-coloured with Ice Yellow and Tobacco Brown ink
    Paper: 69.9 x 89.2 cm
    Image: 54.8 x 74.2 cm
    Edition of 30
    "My cake basket is inflated to architectural proportions. My hypothetical design is also related to Piranesi’s hypothetical designs for decorative objects – clocks, silver etc. – which are similarly encrusted accumulations of decorations. From this point, my design moves closer to the Rococo designs of the French goldsmith Meissonier, who is more fluid and less Neoclassical. And finally, my print relates to Piranesi’s historicizing and spurious archaeology."
    – Bronstein on Design for a cake basket and two muffineers en-suite, 2017

    Pablo Bronstein

    Tea Urn on Legs I, 2017
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm hand-coloured with Burnt Orange and Moss Green ink
    Paper: 59.0 x 48.0 cm
    Image: 39.7 x 27.7 cm
    Edition of 30
    "The assumption is that if it looks old and traditional, then it is – and very often my art has been taken very literally. If work is traditional, then it has to be a part of an ongoing tradition. My work is part of the tradition of contemporary art, but not part of a (non-existent) tradition of neo-baroque architectural drawings."
    – Pablo Bronstein

    Pablo Bronstein

    Tea Urn on Legs II, 2017
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm hand-coloured with Ice Yellow and Tobacco Brown ink
    Paper: 59.0 x 48.0 cm
    Image: 39.7 x 27.7 cm
    Edition of 30

    Pablo Bronstein

    Tea Urn on Architectural Support I, 2017
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm hand-coloured with Ultra Blue and Violet ink and Tobacco Brown Ink
    Paper: 59.0 x 48.0 cm
    Image: 39.7 x 27.7 cm
    Edition of 30
    "I don’t fit into the belief that the past did things better. I feel my aesthetic can be provocative in contemporary contexts, but whenever I’ve tried to fit work into very historic interiors, instinctively I rebel against them."

    – Pablo Bronstein

    Pablo Bronstein

    Tea Urn on Architectural Support II, 2017
    Hard ground etching on Fabriano Tiepolo 280 gsm hand-coloured with Ultra Blue ink
    Paper: 59.0 x 48.0 cm
    Image: 39.7 x 27.7 cm
    Edition of 30
    These works are on show at Frieze London, Booth A06, 12 – 16 October 2022. Contact [email protected] for further information.

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