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Irma Blank (B. 1934)
Drawings from the Collection of Irving Stenn
Irma Blank (B. 1934)

Eigenschriften, Pagina 53-A

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Irma Blank (B. 1934)
Eigenschriften, Pagina 53-A
titled 'Pagina 53-A' (lower left); signed and dated 'Irma Blank 70' (lower right)
pastel on paper
27 5/8 x 19 ½ in. (71.2 x 49.5 cm.)
Drawn in 1970.
Provenance
P420, Bologna
Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Exhibited
London, Alison Jacques Gallery, Irma Blank: To Be, October-November 2014.
Post Lot Text
This work will be included in the forthcoming publication, Irma Blank: Eigenschriften (1968-1973), published by Sternberg Press, with text by Douglas Fogle and Luca Lo Pinto.

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Working in Europe, the Conceptual artist Irma Blank integrated language, text-based systems of organization and mathematical equations into her work. Upon moving to Sicily in 1968 from her native Germany, the Conceptual artist Irma Blank developed her signature language-based drawings, the Eigenschriften. Filing the page with an abstracted version of cursive reminiscent of Cy Twombly’s blackboard drawings, Irma Blank inscribed each page with the meditative, time-based practice has come to personify her style. The conceptual, time-based nature of her drawings (each line of abstracted script corresponds to a single breath) is revelatory, especially given their early execution and later influence on an entire generation of Contemporary artists.

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