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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Kinetic Art

February 20, 2018

A movement of movement, kinetic art has been in a state of evolution from its nascence. The wide range of works featured in our February 25, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction that feature kinetic elements is a testament to this ongoing evolution.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), February 25, 2018


George Rickey, Two Rotors One Rectangle, 1993
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

George Rickey’s Technicolor kinetic sculptures Two Rotors One Rectangle (1993) and Two Open Squares Spread II (1997) are in good company with Jerome Kirk’s graceful Untitled (Kinetic Sculpture) (1970) and Untitled (Kinetic Sculpture) (1967), all of which nicely complement Chuck Prentiss’s Kinetic boxes (2) (c. 1969). Each of these sculptures attests to the unique ways in which individual artists approach ideas of movement in their work.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), February 25, 2018 auction


Jerome Kirk, Untitled (Kinetic Sculpture), 1970
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

A common denominator shared between each of the aforementioned artists is their connection to work pioneered by Israeli multimedia artist Yaacov Agam. Often called the father of kinetic art, Agam’s practice has left an inedible impact on the ways in which artists incorporate movement and mutability into their works, both at the level of concept and technical execution.

Agam’s vibrant, dynamic pieces have continually demonstrated an ongoing preoccupation with the slippery intersections between time and movement, teasing out allusions to an elusive fourth dimension where time is both regulated and made visible. As Agam himself once put it, his works “show a state of being which does not exist, the imperceptible absence of an image. The infinity of possibilities, opposing the chance of a presence, a possibility.”

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

 


Yaacov Agam, Continuity, c. 1960
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Agam’s best-known works are comprised of a series of lenticular painted panels whose images are devised to shift as viewers change their position in relation to the piece. LAMA is delighted to have the opportunity to include two such works in our upcoming Modern Art and Design Auction. Agam’s brilliant Untitled (c. 1960) and Continuity (1980). As is the case with the artist’s oeuvre as a whole, these works are intended to remain in a condition of perpetual flux, suspended in an ongoing state of becoming in order to, as Agam himself puts it, “show what can be seen within the limits of possibility which exists in the midst of coming into being.”

 

Lot Information:

Lot 165
Jerome Kirk
Untitled (Kinetic Sculpture)
Painted aluminum and steel
Executed 1970
Etched signature to base; etched “Jan 70″ to underside
36.25″ x 30″ x 13” (92 x 76 x 33 cm)

Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 166
Jerome Kirk
Untitled (Kinetic Sculpture)
Painted aluminum and steel
Executed 1967
Etched signature to base; incised “1-4-67″ to underside
18.75″ x 17.125″ x 5.5” (48 x 43 x 14 cm)

Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 104
George Rickey
Two Rotors One Rectangle
Painted metal and stainless steel
Executed 1993
Signed and dated to base
9″ x 9″ x 6″ (23 x 23 x 15 cm)

Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 105
George Rickey
Two Open Squares Spread II
Painted metal and stainless steel
Executed 1997
Signed and dated to base
6.875″ x 13.25″ x 16″ (17 x 34 x 41 cm)

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 167
Yaacov Agam
Untitled
Oil on wood relief mounted to painted wood boards
Executed c. 1960
Signed “Agam” to top edge of relief; signed and inscribed “Jacob Agam/45 Rue Castagnary-Paris XV” to board verso
Relief: 3.25″ x 3.25″ (8 x 8 cm)

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 168
Yaacov Agam
Continuity
Kinetic double-sided oil on aluminum relief sculpture mounted to metal base
Executed 1980
Signed and dated in mirrored writing to underside of relief; titled and inscribed “Paris” to underside in relief
78″ x 68.25″ x 27.75″ (198 x 173 x 70 cm)

Estimate: $150,000 – $250,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 158
Chuck Prentiss
Kinetic boxes (2)
Stainless steel with lights
Executed c. 1969
#7 from an unknown edition size
Each: 4.75″ x 6″ x 6″ (12 x 15 x 15 cm)

Estimate: $1,500 – $2,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

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