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Arnaldo Pomodoro (b. 1926)
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Arnaldo Pomodoro (b. 1926)

Rotante dal Foro Centrale

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Arnaldo Pomodoro (b. 1926)
Rotante dal Foro Centrale
signed, titled, numbered and dated 'ROTANTE DAL FORO CENTRALE 1966 Arnoldo Pomodoro, 2/2' (on the base)
polished bronze
235/8in. (60cm.) (diam.) 65/8 x 235/8 x 235/8in. (6 x 60 x 60 cm.) (the base)
Conceived and cast in 1966, this work is number two in a numbered edition of two plus two artist's proofs
Provenance
Collection Milena Ugolini, Rome.
Literature
T. del Renzio, 'Arnaldo Pomodoro: Invention of a Sculptural Style', Art International, vol. XII, no. 6, Lugano summer 1968, pp. 96-98.
Ed. Mazzotta, Libro per le sculture di Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan 1974, pp. 18-21 (illustrated).
S. Hunter, Arnaldo Pomodoro, New York 1982, pp. 78-79.
Exh. cat., Ohio, Columbus Museum of Art, Arnaldo Pomodoro, December 1983 - January 1984, no. 59 (another cast illustrated).
Ed. Il Cigno, Galileo Galilei, Arnaldo Pomodoro "Sphere within a Sphere", Roma 1997, p.86 (illustrated).
Exhibited
London, Marlborough New London Gallery, Arnaldo Pomodoro, July 1968, no. 2 (illustrated).
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Rotterdam 1962, no. 7 (illustrated p.11).
Cologne, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Arnaldo Pomodoro Werke 1959-1969 , July-August 1969, no. 5.
Berkeley, University Art Museum, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sculpture 1960-1970, May-July 1970, no. 10. This exhibition later travelled to San Diego, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, August-November 1970; Portland, Portland Art Museum, December 1970-January 1971; Austin Texas University Art Museum, February-March 1971 and Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, May-July 1971.
Florence, Forte di Belvedere, Luoghi fondamentali, sculture di Arnaldo Pomodoro, Florence July-October 1984, (illustrated pp. 100-101).
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Lot Essay

'The spheres, are first of all perfect, magical forms and I break them apart to search out their states of internal fermentation, mysterious and alive, monstrous and pure; I set up a contrast to their smooth and polished parts, a discordant tension, a completeness made out of things that are incomplete. This very same act is a way of freeing myself from an absolute form. I destroy it. But also multiply it. Sculpture for me is a process of excavation and relief, without defining a space, and without establishing a centre.'( A. Pomodoro in G. Carandente, Arnaldo Pomodoro, exh. cat., The Hakone Open air Museum, Japan 1994, p.24)

The sphere, symbolic of both earth and cosmos is a central feature of Pomodoro's art and was first developed by him in 1963. Each perfect form was perforated by a deep irregular fissure. Rotante dal Foro Centrale assumes a new aspect these earlier spheres, for, in place of the previous erosion of form or, perhaps, in combination with it, a regular geometric opening appears within the globe. From 1966-1968 Pomodoro's spheres received the name of 'Rotors' and are perforated as if by a machine. Instead of time and nature affecting the sphere there is now a technological attack on the exterior, providing light and a much increased movement.
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