Arnaldo Pomodoro - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “…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

      Galerie Harter, Nice, France
      Thomas B. Lemann, New Orleans (acquired from the above in 2020)
      Thence by descent to the present owners

    • Literature

      Arnaldo Pomodoro Online Catalogue Raisonné M7

    • Catalogue Essay

      "The multiple was made on the occasion of the first edition of the Europalia event, which took place in Brussels in 1969." - Arnaldo Pomodoro Online Catalogue Raisonné

Property from the Collection of Thomas B. Lemann


Lot offered with No Reserve

Piccola scultura per Europalia '69 (Small sculpture for Europalia '69) (A.P. M7)

Silver and chrome plated brass multiple.
4 x 4 x 7/8 in. (10.2 x 10.2 x 2.2 cm)
Incised with signature, date and numbered 138/250, additionally incised 1/138 on the underside (there was also an edition of 15 in Roman numerals and some artist's proofs).

Full Cataloguing

$600 - 900 

Sold for $572

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Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction

6 - 13 September 2023