Bernar Venet - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ressle AB Gallery, Stockholm
    Phillips, London, 15 October 2015, lot 257
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Venet’s oeuvre is made up of a wide variety of media, from drawing, photography, set design, and even music composition; however he is most revered for his steel arc sculptures. His experimental nature stemmed from the program of investigation he set himself when he moved to New York and mingled with minimalist and conceptualists the likes of Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt. His signature Indeterminate Lines series which started in 1979 was inspired by mathematical explorations into chance, order, and equilibrium. This torch-cut steel plate sculpture is a rarity as Venet no longer produces works on a smaller scale, instead he focuses on creating monumental sculptures, that have been displayed in Versailles and is included in the MOMA collection.


Indeterminate Line

incised 'VENET 0391' on the edge
rolled steel with patina
Sculpture: 36.2 x 39 x 50.8 cm. (14 1/4 x 15 3/8 x 20 in.)
Base: 50.4 x 50.8 cm. (19 7/8 x 20 in.)

Executed in 1991, this work is numbered Bv91ss3.

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$325,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018