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  • Provenance

    Collection of Shigeharu Hayashi, São Paulo
    By descent to Amélia Yumico Hayashi Dias, São Paulo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Untitled

signed and dated "LEON FERRARI 1978" on a metal plaque on the lower edge
stainless steel
15 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (39.7 x 19.1 x 18.7 cm)
Executed in 1978.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Contact Specialist
Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale, Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1352

Latin America

New York Auction 22 November 2016