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Just In: Three Works by Michelangelo Pistoletto

September 6, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to present three works by acclaimed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, which will be available in the October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, La Rosa, 1981
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Pistoletto (b.1933) is one of the pivotal figures in Arte Povera, an art movement that emerged from Italy in the late 1960s, which is characterized by its use of everyday materials in sculptural assemblages. Pistoletto’s peers from this time include artists such as Marisa Merz, Alighieri Boetti, and Jannis Kounellis. Arte Povera’s emphasis on making work not constrained by traditional practices or materials accounts for the diversity of Pistoletto’s output. He trained as a painting restorer under his father in Turin from 1947 to 1958, after which he began producing figurative portraits in his own practice. In a groundbreaking move, he began to cover his paintings with metallic paint, ultimately substituting canvases for polished stainless steel. After this, Pistoletto continued experimenting with form, venturing into performance, action art, theater, film, and video work.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, La Cucitrice, 1981
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The three works to be offered in the upcoming auction, all of which were made in 1981, harken back to these early metal paintings. La Rosa features a naturalistic representation of a single rose stem in a glass vase against a mirrored background. Similarly La Cucitrice features a realistic image of a figure on a background of highly polished steel, in this case a nude woman sewing a white cloth. Panni, the title of which translates as ‘laundry,’ features geometric swaths of fabric. These color images have been meticulously silkscreened onto the steel. The life-size scale of the images and the paintings’ highly reflective surfaces create an optical illusion, in which the viewer and their environment becomes part of the work. In that sense, these three works embody Pistoletto’s pursuit to unify art and daily life.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Panni, 1981
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Subject of numerous retrospectives and surveys the world over, Pistoletto’s work is held in many illustrious collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Lot Information:

Lot 68
Michelangelo Pistoletto
La Rosa
1981
Color silkscreen on polished stainless steel
#30 of 60
Signed, titled, and dated with edition verso
46.125″ x 39.375″
Estimate: $15,000-$20,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 66
Michelangelo Pistoletto
La Cucitrice
1981
Color silkscreen on polished stainless steel
#30 of 60
Signed, titled, and dated with edition verso
46.25″ x 39.625″
Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 67
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Panni (from Drape Suite)
1981
Color silkscreen on polished stainless steel
#30 of 60
Signed, titled, and dated with edition verso
46.125″ x 39.375″
Estimate: $15,000-$20,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Sanger, Alice. “Venus of the Rags, Michelangelo Pistoletto 1967, 1974.” Tate. N.p., Dec. 2009. Web. 02 May 2017.
“Michelangelo Pistoletto.” Guggenheim. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2017.

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