Mira Schendel - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, São Paulo

  • Exhibited

    São Paulo, Instituto de Arte Contemporânea, Mira Schendel: Avesso do avesso, November 21, 2010- February 27, 2011

  • Literature

    C. Alves, Mira Schendel: Avesso do avesso, exh. cat., São Paulo, 2011 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Mira Schendel

    Brazilian • 1919 - 1988

    Born in Zurich and of Jewish heritage, Mira Schendel escaped Switzerland during World War II to settle in Sarajevo and Rome, finally immigrating to Brazil in 1953. In the 1960s, she began to produce her iconic monotipas, delicate drawings on luminescent rice paper. She rejected the notion of painting as a primary medium, abandoning the genre in the 1970s for almost a decade. Schendel worked mostly with paper and objects made of unusual materials such as Plexiglas, fabrics and aqueous inks.

    Recurring themes in her work include letters, geometric figures and phrases reflecting a radical lexicon, often juxtaposing elements from two languages (visual and numerical). Many of her works hover in the space between drawing and writing, creating a certain visual poetry that is completely her own. Schendel's works go beyond the materiality of making art and allow viewers to understand the relationship between language, time and human thought processes.

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Letraset on 22 parchment sheets, encased in Plexiglas, with metal ring binders
3 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. (10 x 32 cm)
Signed and dated "Mira 1971" on the cover.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $98,500

Latin America

20 November 2012
New York