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    Sale 5396

    Post War & Contemporary Art

    11 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 504

    Joannis Avramidis (b.1922)

    Kopf (Head)

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    Joannis Avramidis (b.1922)
    Kopf (Head)
    incised with signature and numbered 'AVRAMIDIS 4/6' (lower right)
    bronze with black and brown patina
    13 x 8 x 8 1/8in. (33 x 20.4 x 20.6cm.)
    Executed in 1961-1970, this work is number four from an edition of six

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    Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner.
    Brusberg Gallery, Berlin.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1990.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Agora - A Retrospective of Scultptures and Drawings, 1953-1988, exh. cat., Berlin, Galerie Brusberg, 1989 (illustrated, p. 9).


    Berlin, Galerie Brusberg, Agora - A Retrospective of Scultptures and Drawings, 1953-1988, April-July 1989.

    Post Lot Text

    The starting-point of all Avramidis's sculptures was the human body, reduced to the simplest possible elements of a column and sphere. The archaic character, influenced principally by ancient Greek sculpture, merged with the notion of absolute beauty, which manifests itself in forms of perfect rotundity.