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  • Provenance

    Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo

  • Exhibited

    San Sebastián, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, Archivo Pons Artxiboa, October 17, 2002 - November 1, 2003

  • Literature

    Archivo Pons Artxiboa, exh. cat., Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián, 2002, p. 203 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Characterized by sensory playfulness and transparency, Ernesto Neto’s sculptural work invites the viewer to challenge their spatial and corporal senses using sight, smell, and touch. Quarks-Paff (1998) is part of a larger body of work Neto began in 1996 where he named the works after onomatopoeic sounds such as piff, paff, and puff. The present lot features three nylon tubes filled with colorful and aromatic spices such as clove, turmeric, and cumin. As the spices become dispersed across the floor—due to the porous nature of the nylon container—they create unique impressions and forms. Not only does Neto play with tactile and olfactory senses, the “paff” in the title produces an auditory effect; referring to the sound the spices make when moved in their nylon tubes.

  • Artist Biography

    Ernesto Neto

    Brazilian • 1964

    Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto creates monumental installations and objects of diverse biomorphic shapes and forms that often occupy entire rooms. The works are primarily concerned with corporeality and visual seduction. Viewers are encouraged to participate with the works, and Neto engages the viewer's tactile and olfactory senses through different textures and scents, employing a myriad of synthetic non-traditional materials including nylon and polyamide fabrics, newspaper, nets and aromatic and boldly colored spices. Neto works around the space of the body, where the physical immersion into his works is like a continuation of his own body and mind.

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A Singular Vision: Works from an Important Private Collection



cumin, cloves and tumeric in polyamide stretch fabric, in three parts
overall dimensions 118 1/8 x 118 1/8 x 157 1/2 in. (300 x 300 x 400.1 cm)

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $43,750

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Latin America

New York Auction 18 November 2015 6pm