Jesús Rafael Soto - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Denise René, Paris
    Private Collection, Germany
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Katerina Vatsella, ed., Edition MAT: Die Entstehung einer Kunstform, Bremen, 1998, p. 242 (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Jesús Rafael Soto

    Venezuelan • 1923 - 2005

    Jesús Rafael Soto was born in Ciudad Bolívar and studied at the School of Visual and Applied Arts in Caracas. During this period he became acquainted with Los Disidentes, a group of artists that included Alejandro Otero and Carlos Cruz-Diez. In addition to his fellow compatriots, Soto’'s work was influenced by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian.

    The main artistic tenets evinced in Soto's works are pure abstraction, vibrations, progressions and geometric rigor. They can be seen through the use of lines and superimposed squares in his sculptures, made with paint and a series of industrial and synthetic materials. He spent much time in Europe, becoming a key member of the Group Zero movement, which included such artists as Lucio Fontana, Gunther Uecker and Yves Klein. As a result, Soto's work also incorporates modernist concepts such as light, time, movement, color manipulation and space. All of these facets place him as an important figure within the Kinetic and Op Art movements.

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Light Trap (Piège de lumière)

signed and numbered "Soto - 89/100" on a label affixed to the back
paper and silkscreen on painted wood with nylon thread
18 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (47 x 29.2 x 13.7 cm)
Executed in 1965, this work is number 89 from an edition of 100.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $17,500

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Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017