Harry Bertoia - Modern & Contemporary Editions New York Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Bertoia's works on paper are usually classified either as drawings or monoprints.  Each is a single print, not part of an edition.  He often referred to graphics as 'notes for future reference.'  They are separate but parallel activity to his sculpture, serving as a font of ideas for metal pieces.  The germ of each sculpture can be found somewhere within the graphics, although in some cases there is a lapse of time of up to thirty years between two- and three-dimensional versions of an idea.  The sureness of line throughout Bertoia graphics gives them the strength even in the most sensitive areas... In 1943, Harry Bertoia sold 100 monoprints to Hilla Rebay, director of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Musem of Nonobjective Paintings, New York City. (Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia The World of Bertoia, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, Pennsylvania, 2003, pp 19 and 21)


Untitled (group of 6)

circa 1955
Six monoprints, on thin Japanese paper, with uneven margins or the full sheet,
I. various sizes
all S. approx. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (19.1 x 14 cm)

all with the 'Harry Bertoia monoprint' stamp on the reverse, all in very good condition, all unframed.

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $938

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York