inscribed with the monogram
Executed in 1958.
Madrid, Galería Marlborough, Raíces de la Escultura Española Contemporánea, 1996-1997, p.52, no. 34, illustrated in colour
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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