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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 149

    Arnaldo Pomodoro (Italian, b. 1926)

    Rotante con sfera interiore, Studio

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    Arnaldo Pomodoro (Italian, b. 1926)
    Rotante con sfera interiore, Studio
    signed, numbered and dated 'Arnaldo Pomodoro 69 1/6' (on the Plexiglas base)
    silver and gilded brass on Plexiglas base
    5½in. (14cm.) diameter
    Executed in 1969, this work is number one from an edition of six plus one artist proof


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    This work is recorded in the Archivio Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan under number 317.

    "I began to work on geometrical forms around 1960 (columns, spheres, wheels, cylinders, concave and convex planes, cubes, discs and pyramids), and that was a process of giving them a relationship to the 'writings' that were already an essential part of my work. Sometimes these scriptural 'glyphs' invaded and modified one or more surfaces. At other times, my modelling of interior forms would crystallize as autonomous forms that would thicken or break open. At still other times, the structures themselves, and the 'investigation' of the interiors of these forms would reveal deep pits and new internal formations as well as the fact of corrosion" (Pomodoro quoted in S. Hunter, Arnaldo Pomodoro, New York 1982, pp. 195-6).

    Literature

    F. Gualdoni (ed.), Arnaldo Pomodoro Catalogo ragionato della scultura, vol. II, Milan 2007, no. 502 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 557).