Lygia Pape - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Portugal
    Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon

  • Artist Biography

    Lygia Pape

    Brazilian • 1927 - 2004

    Lygia Pape's diverse oeuvre includes sculpture, engraving, performance and filmmaking. Along with Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Pape was a signatory of the Brazilian Neo-Concrete manifesto, which promoted the ideal that art was not a static representation but rather organic and experiential.  

    Pape's oeuvre was greatly informed by the notion that art should be activated by the viewer. This tenant is best represented in the artist's 1959 Livro da Criacão (Book of Creation), in which the artist utilized geometric shapes to create 16 wood constructions, or "pages," with abstract imagery — each signifying a moment in the creation of the world. Each page is accompanied by poetic lyrics and the viewer was encouraged to touch the books and read the poetry aloud.

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Four elements from the Night and Day Book

tempera on wood constructions
each: 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 0 5/8 in. (16 x 16 x 1.5 cm)
Each signed "Pape" on the reverse.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $206,500

Latin America

20 November 2012
New York