Lot 226
  • 226

Edgar Negret

150,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Edgar Negret
  • Aparato Mágico
  • painted aluminum and wood


Herbert Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Bogotá (acquired from the above) 
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, David Herbert Gallery, Negret: Magic Machines, November 1959, no. 11, illustrated
Bogotá, Museo de Arte Moderno, Edgar Negret: Esculturas, October 1994 


Juan Wilfredo Acha Valdivieso, et al., Negret: Uno, dos, y tres., Bogotá 1983, p. 204, illustrated 
Benjamín Villegas Jiménez, et al., Homenaje: Edgar Negret, Escultor, New York 2005, p. 55, illustrated in color 

Catalogue Note

In the Aparatos Mágicos series, volumes are synthesized in planes of organic contour; each one of them is assembled giving rise to new geographies in which the reds and blues are fixed in capricious forms over the black backgrounds. These forms represent useless machines which Negret consider like magical objects. In the words of critic Walter Engel  "the essence of images, ideas, facts of our time were wisely configured with these geometric elements ...and thus the machines or better -apparatuses- were created with an exclusive aesthetic purpose. Now freed from any mechanical or practical function, they became "magical" thanks to the abstract play of pure forms "


Marta Rodríguez, Banco de la República, Bogotá, 2011