Lygia Pape - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of Ivan Serpa
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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 works: Untitled (Tecelar)

i) signed "Pape" lower right; further numbered "2/20" lower left
ii) signed and numbered "Pape 3/20" lower left
iii) signed "Pape" lower right; further numbered "12/20" lower left
iv) signed "Pape" lower right; further numbered "15/20" lower left

wood cut print on Japanese rice paper
i) 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
ii) 12 x 9 1/8 in. (30.5 x 23.2 cm)
iii) 8 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (22.5 x 25.1 cm)
iv) 9 x 10 in. (22.9 x 25.4 cm)

Executed in 1953, this work is from an edition of 20.

$90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $105,000

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

Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017