Jesús Rafael Soto - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959-1965, pp. 183 & 241

  • 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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Piège de lumière (Light Trap) (V. p. 242)

Painted wood multiple with screenprint and nylon thread.
18 3/8 x 11 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (46.7 x 29.2 x 14 cm)
Signed and numbered 26/100 in black ink on a label affixed to the reverse, co-published by Edition MAT (Multiplication d’Art Transformable), Paris and Galerie Der Spiegel, Cologne.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $8,890

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