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Arnaldo Pomodoro
CUBO I
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Arnaldo Pomodoro
CUBO I

Details & Cataloguing

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Arnaldo Pomodoro
B.1926
CUBO I
inscribed Arnaldo Pomodoro, dated 1964-67 and numbered 02 P.A.
bronze
cube: 120 by 120 by 120cm., 47 1/4 by 47 1/4 by 47 1/4 in.
base: 170 by 170cm., 67 by 67in.
overall height: 204cm., 80 1/4 in.
Conceived in 1964 and cast in bronze in an edition of 2 plus one artist's proof.
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This work is registered in the Pomodoro Archive, Milan under number AP237.

Provenance

Galerie Veranneman, Brussels
Acquired from the above by the present owner in the 1970s

Literature

Sam Hunter, Arnaldo Pomodoro, New York, 1982, pp. 70-71, illustration of another cast
Flaminio Gualdoni ed., Arnaldo Pomodoro Catalogo Ragionato della Scultura, Milan, 2007, vol. 2, no. 334, p. 449, illustration of another cast

Catalogue Note

Arnaldo Pomodoro's work combines the meticulous approach of the craftsman with the techniques and aims of a caster of large-scale bronzes. His sculpture plays on the contrast between intricate detail and large scale abstract forms. He strips away the highly polished surfaces of basic shapes such as the cube, cylinder and sphere to reveal the internal structure of the form within, a machinery of cogs and gears that Pomodoro terms 'sign systems', akin to the complex interlocking systems of language or of organic bodies. Pomodoro was also influenced by advances in technology, and in particular the start of the age of space exploration. He states 'in these sculptures I sense the discovery and the drama of technological exploration and its powers. I interpret my surface erosions and irregularities as symbols of the destructive impulse' (S. Hunter, op. cit., p. 58).  The present work, Cubo I, reflects such preoccupations in depicting the explosive impact caused by the cube as it strikes the ground with the force of an asteroid or missile. The model was conceived in 1964, the same year that Pomodoro was awarded the prestigious prize for sculpture at the XXXII Venice Biennale.

Produced in a very small edition, the present cast of Cubo I is the last remaining in private hands. The other two casts can be found in the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona and in the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford, California.

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