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Jorge Oteiza
CAJA VACÍA
Estimate
45,00065,000
LOT SOLD. 90,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
230
Jorge Oteiza
CAJA VACÍA
Estimate
45,00065,000
LOT SOLD. 90,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jorge Oteiza
1908-2003
CAJA VACÍA

inscribed with the monogram


painted iron


30 by 30 by 30cm.; 11 3/4 by 11 3/4 by 11 3/4 in.

Executed in 1958.


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Provenance

Galería Altxerri, San Sebastián (acquired directly from the artist)
Galería Marlborough, Madrid
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Madrid, Galería Marlborough, Raíces de la Escultura Española Contemporánea, 1996-1997, p.52, no. 34, illustrated in colour

Literature

Exhibition Catalogue, Madrid, Fundación Caja de Pensiones; Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes; Barcelona, Centre Cultural de la Fundacio Caixa de Pensions, Oteiza. Propósito Experimental - An Experimental Proposition, 1988, p. 192, no. 316, illustrated and illustration of another example on the front cover

Catalogue Note

After spending a number of years in South America researching and teaching art, Jorge Oteiza returned to Spain in 1948 to begin to put his ideas into practice.  This would become his most important period of creativity, which he called his Propósito experimental (An Experimental Proposition). It was not until the early 1950’s that Oteiza actually started to materialise this thought process of the importance of empty space in a body of sculpture dedicated to the emptiness of the cube. The present work Cajas Vacías, is perhaps his most faithful representation and conclusion of his spatial experiment. Oteiza would use the success of Cajas Vacias as a template from which to create other works of the same title varying in size, width and material.

Similar sculptures are housed in the permanent collections of major Spanish Institutions such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Macba Collection in Barcelona and the Jorge Oteiza Fundacio in Alzuza.

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