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Otto Piene (1928-2014)
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Otto Piene (1928-2014)

Rasterbild

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Otto Piene (1928-2014)
Rasterbild
signed with the artist's monogram, titled and dated 'Rasterbild 1959 OPiene' (on the reverse); signed with the artist's monogram and dated 'OPiene 59/60' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
68.5 x 96cm.
Painted in 1959-1960
Provenance
Private Collection, Germany (acquired directly from the artist).
Thence by descent to the present owner.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

This glowing, golden work by Otto Piene is an early, resplendent example of the ZERO founder’s Rasterbild paintings. Stretching to almost one metre in length, an opulent void of gilded colour is punctuated by a horizontal mesh of characterful corrugations. Reminiscent of Lucio Fontana’s spatialist concepts, the rhythmical, rippling pattern of disturbance creates a fascinating interplay of light and shadow, positive and negative space, two- and three-dimensionality. Manifested by applying thick coats of paint over a stencilled screen, Piene allows external forces – beyond the control of the artist’s hand – to intercede. With this intervention, Piene creates a current ‘between the work and the spectator and fill[s] the space between them. This space cannot be quantified because the spatial properties of the work are irrational - the work “as space” is irrational’ (O. Piene, 'Paths to Paradise', in O. Piene, H. Mack, Zero, Cambridge 1973, p. 46).

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