Ron Arad - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ron Arad Associates, London; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Private collection

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, de Pury & Luxembourg, Ron Arad: The Dogs Barked, Zurich, 2006 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ron Arad has commanded a unique and prolific role in the art, architectural, and design spheres for 30 years. His ever-evolving body of work reflects his ability to innovate with cutting-edge technology, while perfecting the ideals and techniques of hands-on craftsmanship. With this inspiration, he continues to provoke the proscribed limits of his materials by giving formal expression to his seemingly unbuildable ideas. The artist continues to interpret and engineer the values of sculpture and seating. His pieces shift, unravel, and tempt balance, posing challenging visual and material polemics. (From press release ‘Ron Arad,' Friedman Benda, 2008)

  • Artist Biography

    Ron Arad

    Israeli • 1951

    Ron Arad's work and career is characterized by his movement between modes and constant experimentation. Arad was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1951 and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art before moving to London in 1973. He began his practice in London in the early 1980s and set up One Off Ltd, focused on limited edition objects, with his partner Caroline Thorman. A decade later he had moved to industrial production techniques and collaborations with large design firms such as Vitra and Kartell.

    A persistent theme throughout his work is innovation and the idea of the "new." Still producing work today, Arad uses the latest technology to produce his designs and also integrates it within his pieces, such as his Lolita Chandelier (2004) that can receive and display text messages. Arad also continually experiments with materials and has an exceptional skill to coax volume and undulation out of them, with a particular affinity for metal. His works such as The Big Easy chair (1988) walk the line between design and sculpture. Once an outsider, Arad's relentless energy to design, build and collaborate has placed him firmly within the highest ranks of the design world.

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Blo-Void 3

Polished and anodized aluminium, aluminium mesh.
79 x 122 x 58 cm. (31 1/8 x 48 x 22 7/8 in).
Incised ‘Ron Arad' and numbered of six along the lower edge. This work is from an edition of six. Produced by The Gallery Mourmans, The Netherlands.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm