Lot 112
  • 112


40,000 - 60,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Menashe Kadishman
  • The Forest
  • aluminum panels, in 19 parts 
  • Each: 72 by 36 in. 183 by 91.4 cm.
  • Overall: dimensions variable
  • Executed in 1970.


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Menashe Kadishman was an important exponent in the late 1960s and early 1970s of the Environmental Art or Land Art movement. A friend of Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Christo, his seminal work The Forest presaged Christo’s Gates in Central Park by some thirty five years.  

“Kadishman attached rectangular yellow metal plates to stems of trees in order to create 'a forest within a forest' as he has put it. The organic forms, the eucalyptus trees and the man-made angular technological forms, intermingled to define 'an artistic space' within the given space of nature. The straight-angled metal plates painted in industrially pigmented yellow seemed as if they had come out of a Mondrian painting in order to hover in three dimensions within the colors of nature.”  (Amnon Barzel, "From Art to Nature-as-Art,” in Jacob Baal-Teshuva,Ed., Menashe Kadishman, 2008, p. 54)

This work is being offered for sale from the catalogue. Prospective buyers may contact Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department with inquiries or for an appointment to view the work.