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Just In: Ruth Asawa Complex Hanging Sculpture

November 19, 2013

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that a Ruth Asawa multilobed hanging sculpture from 1956, Untitled S.437 (Hanging, Seven-Lobed, Two-Part Continuous Form within a Form with Two Small Spheres), will go to auction on February 23, 2014. Estimated at $300,000 – 500,000, this complex hanging work, measuring nearly 9 feet, will be offered on the market for the first time since it was commissioned in mid-1950s.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled S.437 (Hanging, Seven-Lobed, Two-Part Continuous Form within a Form with Two Small Spheres), 1956, Estimate $300,000 – 500,000
Photograph of the work taken in 1956

An attendee of Black Mountain College in the late 1940s, the original owner met Ruth Asawa while going to school for dance. Asawa, who was well known among her peers for her unique form of art, left a lasting impression, so much so that the original owner contacted the artist in the mid-50s to commission a work for herself.

This work is illustrated with the artist in the accompanying catalogue for the 2006 landmark show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air, and was photographed with the original owner in the mid-1950s.

Lot Information:

Ruth Asawa
Untitled S.437 (Hanging, Seven-Lobed, Two-Part Continuous Form within a Form with Two Small Spheres)
Studio, custom commission, 1956
Looped Brass and Steel wires
Unique
Retains tag “S.437/50 ((c))”
LAMA wishes to thank Aiko Cuneo for her assistance in cataloguing this lot
103″ x 18.5″ largest diameter
Provenance: Private Collection, Santa Barbara, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Illustrated: Urbanelli, Elisa. The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air. Berkeley: University of California, 2006, p 129.
Estimate: $300,000 – 500,000
To be offered in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

For more information or to bid on this work, please email us.

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