Pino Pascali - ITALIA Theme Sale London Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Rome; Collection Maurizio di Puolo/Studio Metaimago, Rome; Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Rome; Private Collection, Rome; Private Collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    Rome, Rapporto ’60, 1966; Rome, Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Pascali, opere su carta, 2003; Rome, Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Roma anni ’60, 2004; Vasto, Musei Civici in Palazzo d’Avalos, XXXVIII Premio Vasto Arte Contemporanea: Piazza del Popolo e Dintorni, 2005; New York, Esso Gallery, Esso Gallery’s 10th Anniversary, 2006; New York, Esso Gallery, Arte Povera Now and Then (Perspectives for a New Guerrilla Art), 2007 

  • Literature

    Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Rapporto ’60, Rome, 1966; Daniela Ferraria, Pascali, opere su carta, Rome: Galleria Arco d’Alibert, 2003; Maurizio Calvesi and Alberto Dambruoso, XXXVIII Premio Vasto Arte Contemporanea, Piazza del Popolo e Dintorni, Vasto, 2005, p. 94

  • Catalogue Essay

    Due metri di armi, 1964 is a large scale work on paper in which the Arte Povera artist Pino Pascali depicts a wide array of military equipment. This work prefigures Piscali’s famed and acclaimed series of sculptures entitled Armi which he executed in early 1966 at the Enzo Sperone gallery in Rome. Pascali’s sculptures in his weapon series, assembled from found materials and painted olive-green, faithfully recreate every detail of the weapon each sculpture mimics. However, as the weapon cannot fire or kill, it becomes an oversized and useless, innocent toy. Playfully satirizing the Cold War politics of the era, Soviet vs. USA Arms race and the Vietnam War, Pascali’s Armi sculptures suggest that the men who deal with the real thing are nothing more than overgrown children playing with guns.


Due metri di armi

Blueprint process on paper.
40 × 219.7 cm (15 3/4 × 86 1/2 in).
Inscribed ‘x Maurizio di Puolo con Gratitudine Maurizio Fagiolo’ lower right.

£50,000 - 70,000 

ITALIA Theme Sale

30 June 2010