Richard Smith (b. 1931)
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Richard Smith (b. 1931)

Roberta

Details
Richard Smith (b. 1931)
Roberta
acrylic on shaped canvas with canvas straps
86 x 78¾ in. (218.4 x 200 cm.)
Painted in 1972.
Provenance
with Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna.
with Galleria Dell'Ariete, Milan.
Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Richard Smith: Seven Exhibitions 1961-75, London, Tate Gallery, 1975, p. 97, illustrated.
Special notice

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.

Lot Essay

In a letter to Beatrice Monti della Corte on 1st March 1972, the artist writes of the present work, 'The format is only moderately removed from a square or rectangle and the surface has a much more fragile look leaving the fabric more like fabric. This fragility is also accentuated by tapes that weave in and out of the surface or knots of ribbon tied through the canvas, both revealing the thinness of the cloth. The way the tapes weave through seems to be equivalent to the weave of the canvas itself on a much enlarged scale. This could be a step towards that long thought of, never realised, project of making my own material'.

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