Northern-California born artist Jason Rhoades died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 41, a year short of his critically acclaimed show at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. A mere seven years before his death, the artist had exhibited at the 48th Venice Biennale with co-collaborator and friend, Paul McCarthy. Like Jeff Koons and Bruce Nauman that came before him, Jason Rhoades was not afraid to use industrial, commercial, and pre-fabricated materials such as neon, fiberglass, projectors, and other common objects to produce audaciously imposing and grand-scale installations. Read more about three works by Rhoades — two neon works and a book — that will go up for auction on May 19, 2013.
May 7, 2013