J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit Acquired from the above by the present owner
"When I realized that someone like [Jackson] Pollock, although he attempted to transfer life onto canvas through action, did not succeed in taking possession of the work, which continued to escape him, remaining autonomous, and that the presence of the human figure in the painting of [Francis] Bacon did not succeed in rendering a pathological vision of reality, I understood that the moment had arrived to make the laws of objective reality enter the painting." Michelangelo Pistoletto
This work is in good condition overall. There is evidence of wear and handling to the edges and there is a circular cutout in both the bottom left and bottom right corners. There are scattered minor scratches to the mirrored surface throughout, consistent with the age of the work. There is a faint horizontal line that runs across the bottom edge, possibly from a previous frame. There are several areas of indentation throughout the work that distort the reflection but are only noticeable from certain angles. The image is bright and fresh and the tissue paper is firmly adhered to the surface of the steel with no apparent lifting or areas of insecurity. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.