Artist: JESÚS RAFAEL SOTO
Title: Vibrations Metalliques
Medium: Silkscreen on Aluminum with Metal Elements and Nylon String
Size: 11" x 12" x 5"
Provenance: Gallery Certificate of Authenticity; previous tag of auction sale from Christie's
Condition: Museum quality with a few minor handling scuffs to the bottom of the base
We are very proud to offer this extremely important piece that rarely comes up for sale and when it does the auction results are strong. As you can see from the photos this piece has a lot of history of hitting the mid 20's over and over again. Some selling for as high as $46k in the last three years. This piece does not include the signed tag on the back of the piece, but does come with a certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact as well as a tag of previous sale from Christie's auction. As such, we have listed our piece at a very aggressive offering with the best offer option. This piece will not last long.
Noted as a defining figure of both the Op Art movement and Kinetic Sculpture, Jesus Rafael Soto employed industrial and synthetic materials such as nylon and steel to produce his trademark sculptural reliefs. Soto’s work dealt with pure abstraction, color theory, and the dynamic between background and foreground, as seen in works such as Vibration Blanc et Jaune (paint on wood and metal, 1959), in which the artist stimulates optical effects through the manipulation of color relationships, combining hurried black lines with interruptions of yellow and white. In the 1950s and ‘60s, Soto collaborated with Group Zero artists, including Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Gunther Uecker, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Jean Tinguely, who stressed unity on an intellectual and creative level. Soto was also influenced by- and influential to the Russian Constructivists and artist contemporaries such as Piet Mondrian.