Its theme is an unlimited crowd from bird's eye. It precedes the Madonna I of September 2001 with the difference that May Day IV is not really staged in a discernable event. A copy of Madonna I was sold for £ 1.08M including premium by Sotheby's on February 10, 2010.
In terms of artistic style May Day IV may be directly compared with the Los Angeles of 1998 with a sharpness that enables a fully different impression from global to detail. The crowd extending beyond the four sides of the picture brings from far away a Pollock-like vision. In close up view these young people excited in a musical show are all different from each other.
This photo numbered 2/6 was previously discussed in this column before it passed at Christie's on June 27, 2012.
SOLD for £ 760K including premium