Jesús Rafael Soto - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Éditions Denise René, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Denise René, Soto, May - June 1967 (another example exhibited)
    Madrid, Ministerio de Cultura/Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Archivos y Bibliotecas, Soto, 1982 (another example exhibited)

  • 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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Estructura cinética (from the Sotomagie Portfolio)

silkscreen on Plexiglas with metal rods
13 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 7 3/8 in. (34 x 34 x 18.7 cm)
Signed "Soto" on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is number 37 from an edition of 100.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $15,000

Latin America

20 November 2012
New York