Jesús Rafael Soto - Evening & Day Editions New York Monday, April 25, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Collection of Belisario Betancur (former president of Columbia)
    Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Miami

  • 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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Dos Cuadritos (Two Squares)

circa 1972
Screenprint on wood with painted metal,
10 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (27 x 27 x 8.9 cm)
inscribed for `Belisario Betancur' and annotated `S/N' in blue ink on a label affixed to the reverse (one of 75 given to select individuals by the bank), produced for the Banco Central de Venezuela.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $8,750

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 25 April 2016