Arnaldo Pomodoro - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • “…breaking these perfect, magic forms in order to reveal its internal ferment, mysterious and alive, monstrous and yet pure; so I create a discordant tension, a conflict, with the polished shine: a unity composed of incompleteness.”
    —Arnaldo Pomodoro

    Known for his monumental sculptures and public installation, Arnaldo Pomodoro’s editioned works invoke this renowned sculptural style incorporating rectilinear forms, serrated shapes, and complex patterning. These smaller pieces relate to Pomodoro’s earliest works from the 1950s.The compressed, diminutive reliefs predating his foray into colossal sizing. Interested in the themes of destruction and regeneration, Pomodoro’s free-standing works reconstitute fundamental geometric forms (such as spheres, cubes, and columns), ripped open to reveal layers of intricate detailing. The fractured and corroded sculptures blossom with perforated, gear-like interiors, an approach developed by Pomodoro known as ‘negative spatiality.’ As with the large-scale works, his editions simultaneously inhabit the ancient and futuristic, as mysterious and imaginative relics imbued with universally archaic forms.

    • Provenance

      Artcurial, Paris (edition 158/250)
      Private Collection
      Thomas B. Lemann, New Orleans (acquired from the above in 2020)
      Thence by descent to the present owners

    • Literature

      Arnaldo Pomodoro Online Catalogue Raisonné M106

Property from the Collection of Thomas B. Lemann


Lot offered with No Reserve

Scatola (Box); two boxes (A.P. M106)

Two gilded bronze and silver boxes.
both 2 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (5.5 x 11 x 11 cm)
Both incised with signature and numbered 28/250 and 158/250 (there were also 7 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Edizioni Artcurial, Paris.

Full Cataloguing

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $6,350

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023