Through Sunday, October 6, the Simon Preston Gallery in SoHo is hosting Provenance by Amie Siegel, an exhibition that examines the global furniture trade from Chandigarh, the Indian city planned by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret.
Shown at cinematic scale, the film Provenance traces the furniture’s odyssey in reverse, beginning with the New York penthouses, London flats and Paris salons of collectors. From there, it moves backward to the furniture being purchased at auction, to repairs and restoration, to cargo shipping containers, to Indian ports, and finally to Chandigarh, where the story begins.
Made entirely without narration, the pieces of furniture are the protagonists, silently sharing their stories of global travel, circuits of ownership and fluctuating value.
The show closes on Sunday, after which Siegel will auction Provenance in the Post-War & Contemporary Art sales on October 18/19 at Christie’s in London. Thus turning the film into “another object at auction, inseparable from the market it depicts,” says the artist.