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    Sale 11960

    First Open | London

    14 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 6

    Giorgio Griffa (B. 1936)


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    Giorgio Griffa (B. 1936)
    signed and dated 'Giorgio Griffa 76' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on unstretched canvas
    10 x 21in. (25.5 x 53.2cm.)
    Executed in 1976

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    ‘Since Giorgio Griffa began working as an artist...his oeuvre remains a kind of “simple mystery,” as it were, not entirely unveiled... Over
    the years, it became clearer that Griffa’s work aspires to exist in an imaginary space-time continuum, a dimension cohabited by the archaic and the contemporary, the stasis of mythical time and the progress of the present. In this perspective, the decorative motifs —whether drawn from Buren or from a timeless popular heritage— contribute to this search for a language endowed with a mythological quality. Indeed, although in line with the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde, Griffa’s decorativism has ancient origins. It is rooted in the history and prehistory of painting and writing, in the ornamental motives of ancient cultures’ (L. Cerizza, quoted in L. Cerizza, ‘Souvenir D’Italie’, in Kaleidoscope, Issue 17, Winter 2012-13, pp. 114-121).

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Luca Tommasi Arte Contemporanea, Milan.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.