I bring art where I go

Lot 19

Product Description

Paola Pivi is known for taking indentifiable objects and modifying them to challenge her audience to change their point of view. She plays with scale, material, and color - often taking an animal and giving it a human like demeanor. A common subject is polar bears, like this baby bear created uniquely for the Just Phriends auction, which take on human activities - yoga for example, or engagement with other bears. This work, sprouting pink multicolored feathers, has a Chanel loafer in his mouth which belonged to Pharrell Williams.

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Product Materials

Urethane foam, plastic, feathers, and CHANEL leather shoe

Product Dimensions

22 1/16 x 17 23/32 x 15 11/32 in. (56 x 45 x 38.5 cm.)

Product Note

In 1996, Italian artist Paola Pivi traveled to Alaska with the sole intention of seeing a bear in the wild. She accomplished her mission. The terrifying and mesmerizing, experience would inform a body of work that she continues to express to this day. Paola’s vividly-colored, playful, feathered polar bears are one of her most recognized subjects. For the Just Phriends auction, Paola has created this exclusive piece entitled

I bring art where I go. It consists of one of her iconic polar bear cubs, which has captured a single Pharrell X Chanel loafer from P’s 2019 capsule collection. The beautiful thing about art is that it can mean different things to different people. One person’s polar bear cub eating a Chanel loafer is another person's commentary on humanity’s multi-dimensional morality.