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Fausto Melotti (1901-1986)

Scultura A (I Pendoli)

Details
Fausto Melotti (1901-1986)
Scultura A (I Pendoli)
steel
79 7/8 x 30¾ x 19¾in. (203 x 78 x 50cm.)
Executed in 1968, this work is number eight from an edition of eight
Provenance
Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist in the 1970s.
Their sale, Sotheby’s Milan, 26 May 2010, lot 17.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
In “Domus”, n. 517, December 1972 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 50).
In “Art and Artists”, vol. 6, n. 2, May 1971 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 59).
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, exh. cat., Milan 1972, n. 1224 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 253).
In “Il Giornale di Brescia”, 15 June 1973 (another from the edition illustrated, unpaged).
A. M. Hammacher, Melotti, Milan 1975, no. 167 (another from the edition illustrated, unpaged).
Alto Adige Illustrato”, 31 January 1981 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 38).
“La mia casa”, n. 148, June 1982 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 92).
V. Scheiwiller, Scultura in acciaio, Milan 1990, p. 40.
L’Unità”, 10 July 1991 (another from the edition illustrated, unpaged).
Lombardia oggi”, 13 July 1991 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 11).
Interni”, November 1991 (another from the edition illustrated, unpaged).
G. Celant, Melotti. Catalogo generale. Tomo I, Sculture 1929-1972, Milan 1994, no. 1968 20 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 206).
S. Fraquelli, Vers l’immatériel, in Fausto Melotti, L’art du contrepoint, exh. cat., Antibes 2002-2003, no. 26 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 33).
Exhibited
Münster-Hamburg, Westfalisher Kunstverein, Arte Concreta. Der Italienische Konstruktivismus, 1971 (another from the edition exhibited).
Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Melotti, 1972, no. 42 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated p. 32).
Rome, Marlborough Galleria d’Arte, Fausto Melotti, 1973, no. 16 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, unpaged). This exhibition later travelled to Zurich, Marlborough Galerie and London, Marlborough Fine Art.
Parma, Università di Parma, Sala delle Scuderie in Pilotta, Fausto Melotti, 1976, no. 172 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, unpaged).
Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio, Fausto Melotti. Opere 1935-1977, 1977, no. 12 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, unpaged).
Milan, Palazzo Reale, Melotti, 1979, no. 68 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, p. 69).
Matera, Chiese rupestri Madonna delle Virtù e San Nicola dei Greci, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Melotti 1901-1986, 1987, no. 32 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, unpaged).
Valencia, Ivam Centre Julio Gonzàlez, Melotti, 1994-95 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, p. 161).
Duisburg, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Fausto Melotti, 2000 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated, p. 76).
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Lot Essay

Hanging from a tall metal structure, three spherical balls hang from delicate chains as they silently float just above the ground in Fausto Melotti’s Scultura A (I pendoli). With a monumental elegance, Scultura A (I pendoli) encapsulates the central conception of Melotti’s sculpture: a lyrical embodiment of graceful, silent movement the work also affirms the artist’s belief in art as a rigorous exercise of order, geometry and rational equilibrium. Conceived in 1968, Scultura A (I pendoli) is one of a series of abstract sculptures named as consecutive letters in the alphabet that Melotti began in 1967, in the latter phase of his career, as he was rising to prominence as one of Italy’s foremost sculptors and a key figure within the contemporary art world. Having been an exponent of abstract sculpture in Milan in the 1930s, after the devastation and trauma of the Second World War, Melotti turned away from geometry and proportion and began to create more whimsical works filled with poetry, symbolism and on occasions, narrative. By the 1960s, Melotti had begun to merge these two contrasting aesthetics to create a series of ordered yet dynamic and lyrical metal sculptures such as the present work.

Throughout his career, Melotti had explored the materiality of sculpture, experimenting with the visual oppositions of movement and stasis, weight and lightness, rigidity and flexibility. Scultura A (I pendoli) encapsulates these dialectical states: the solid, static metal structure of the pendulum contrasts with the fine metal strands that hold the seemingly weightless spheres which appear to defy gravity by oscillating in a graceful, elliptical motion. Incorporating and integrating the negative space surrounding it, Scultura A (I pendoli) embodies a sense of perfect equilibrium, transforming the heavy, durability of metal into an ephemeral vision of lightness and movement. In 1963, five years before he conceived of the present work, Melotti wrote, ‘Confused, thirsting for quiet, we distance ourselves now and then and secretly witness the orphic marriage of geometry with poetry’ (Melotti quoted in J. de Sanna, ‘Enchanted Lyricist’ in Fausto Melotti: Anti-Sculpture, exh. cat., New York, 1994, p. 26). Scultura A (I pendoli) perfectly embodies this coalition of rigorous precision and poetic beauty, creating a sculpture that is at once dynamic and absorbing, still and contemplative.

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