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    Sale 2182

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design

    2 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 97

    MIMMO ROTELLA (1918-2006) AND MARCO FERRERI (b. 1958)

    'PENELOPE CRUZ' A TRANSFER-PRINTED STEEL CABINET, CIRCA 2004

    Price Realised  

    MIMMO ROTELLA (1918-2006) AND MARCO FERRERI (b. 1958)
    'Penelope Cruz' A Transfer-Printed Steel Cabinet, circa 2004
    35½ in. (90.2 cm.) high, 69½ in. (176.5 cm.) wide, 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep
    signed Rotella 04


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    The present sideboard is a collaboration by the Italian artist and poet Mimmo Rotella and the designer Marco Ferreri, who created the sideboard, while Rotella signed for the visual imagery. The picture, printed by a sublimation process to zinc-plated steel which is subsequently sheared, folded and molded onto the sideboard, is a digital illustration of a work by Mimmo Rotella incorporating a Vanity Fair magazine cover of Penelope Cruz.
    Mimmo Rotella, a member of the Nouveau Réalisme group, was one of the main proponents of décollage, a process in which an image is created by cutting, tearing or otherwise reducing an image, in this case the magazine cover.
    Marco Ferreri's works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the collection of the FNAC, Paris.