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  • Provenance

    Gift from the artist to a Private Collection
    Private Collection

  • Artist Biography

    León Ferrari

    Argentinian • 1920 - 2013

    León Ferrari was a defining figure in Argentine conceptual art. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, among other prestigious awards. During his youth, Ferrari began creating artworks while studying Engineering in Rome. Returning to Buenos Aires, he began to create art that dealt with heavy subjects such as inequality, power and discrimination, championing a sense of urgency to understand the destructive and poetic potential of these societal issues.

    One particularly controversial work, La Civilización Occidental y Cristiana (Western Christian Civilization), was exhibited in 1965 and promptly censured by the Catholic Church, as the sculpture features a store-bought Jesus figure crucified to a U.S. fighter jet. However, Ferrari is probably best known for his "written drawings" that feature compositions of abstracted handwriting created in various mediums, conveying emotion and visual poetry.

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Ink on paper.
19 1/4 x 13 5/8 in. (49 x 34.5 cm).
Signed and dated "león ferrari 1976" lower right. Dedicated "Para Antonio Zago, Felicidades!, león, 14/12/84"on the reverse.
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

$35,000 - 45,000 

Latin America

14 & 15 November 2011
New York