León Ferrari - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • 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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El Nombre de una Mujer (The Name of a Woman)

Photographs and collage.
9.5 x 7 in. (24.1 x 17.8 cm).
Signed and dated "león ferrari 1997" right edge. Inscribed "Me duele una mujer/ en todo el cuerpo. Borges de "El Amenazado" 1972, "Desnudo" Man Ray 1929 c." upper and right edges.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Latin America

14 & 15 November 2011
New York