León Ferrari (1920-2013)
León Ferrari (1920-2013)
León Ferrari (1920-2013)
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León Ferrari (1920-2013)

San Mateo 1.18

Details
León Ferrari (1920-2013)
San Mateo 1.18
signed with initials, dated and titled 'lf 20/5/94, San Mateo 1,18' (along underside)
acrylic paint on plastic
26 ¾ x 14 ½ x 2 5/8 in. (68 x 37 x 7 cm.)
Executed in 1994.
Provenance
Private collection, Buenos Aires.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 21 November 2006, lot 180.
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner.

Lot Essay

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the artist, dated 25 August 2006.

Writing on mannequins and solid, transparent, feminine torsos is a new way to say ancient things. I write biblical sentences and fragments --like the threats and punishments of the Book of Deuteronomy, or parts of the Song of Solomon, or poems by Borges or Breton-- with a calligraphy that strives to recreate, in writing, the relationship between the spoken word and the tone of the voice. I dress the female mannequin’s body in words or images that at times are like caresses, and at others, like biblical threats.
--León Ferrari
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