Jesús Rafael Soto - Latin America New York Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Estudio 1, Caracas
    Galería Artepuy, Caracas
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Madrid, Palacio de Velázquez del Parque del Retiro, Soto, February- March 1982 (another example exhibited)
    Long Beach, Museum of Latin American Art, Soto: The Universality of the Immaterial, 20 November 2005- 1 August 2006 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Soto, exh. cat., Palacio de Velázquez del Parque del Retiro, Madrid, 1982, p. 129 (another example illustrated)
    Soto: The Universality of the Immaterial, exh. cat., Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, 2005, p. 62 (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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Tés azules y negras (de la serie Síntesis)

silkscreen on Plexiglas with metal rods
19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 x 14 cm.)
Signed and numbered "Soto 73/110" on the reverse. This work is number 73 from an edition of 110.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $17,500

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New York Auction 29 May 2014 4pm