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    Sale 12245

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    7 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 246



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    metal, anchor and steel cable
    78 x 27 3/8 x 7 7/8in. (198 x 69.5 x 20cm.)
    Executed in 1997

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    “Clay is matter, iron is matter, paper is matter. We need to extend the concept of matter: matter is giving form, matter that takes on meaning, matter that becomes significant. A hundredweight of coal, not plastic painted like coal, not an abstract weight. A weight is what it hides, its history, its morality. For the artist a hundredweight of coal is the moral history of an aesthetic. Things become more real, more true. True in a moral sense, not imitation, quotation, realism. Realism is always falsehood and even what is concrete can be quite unreal. Matter that takes on significance: to find the meaning of matter and the obligations that this implies; in other words, what can be done in the face of a culture. Linguistic obligations, because not everything is permitted.”

    —JANNIS KOUNELLISas quoted in: G. Moure (a.o), Jannis Kounellis: works, writings, 1958-2000, Barcelona 2001, p.313.

    Special Notice

    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.


    Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005.


    Naples, Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Jannis Kounellis, 1997.