Multiple portrait of Marinetti

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  • Provenance

    From the artist; to a Private Collection; by descent to a second Private Collection; Christie's, New York, 4 October 2001, lot 217

  • Literature

    Lista, Futurismo e Fotografia, pl. 140-141

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1909, the Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti founded the highly influential avant-garde movement Futurism, whose principles were published in La gazzetta dell’Emilia. It advocated advancements in technology, speed, high-energy and youth. In the current lot, Tato’s multiple-exposure portrait depicts Marinetti inhabiting a world reflective of Futurism’s “universal dynamism”, with its frenzy and fast-moving pace. In their 1929 manifesto, Perspectives of Flight, Marinetti and Tato speak of “…an absolutely new reality that has nothing in common with the reality traditionally constituted by a terrestrial perspective.”

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THE ARC OF PHOTOGRAPHY: A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

Multiple portrait of Marinetti

1930
Gelatin silver print.
8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (21 x 15.9 cm).

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

sold for $32,500

The Arc of Photography...

4 October 2011 6PM
New York