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Fausto Melotti

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150,000 - 250,000 GBP
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209,000 GBP
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Description

  • Fausto Melotti
  • Scultura no. 12
  • gesso
  • 55 by 55 by 15 cm. 21 5/8 by 21 5/8 by 5 7/8 in.
  • Executed in 1968, this work is number 2 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof.

Provenance

Renata Wirz, Milan

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1974

Exhibited

Milan, Galleria dell’Ariete, Melotti, 1969 (edition no. unknown)

Münster, Westfälischer Kunstverein; Hamburg, Haus Deutscher Ring, Arte concreta: Der Italienische Konstruktivismus, August – November 1971, p. 18, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall, Fausto Melotti, October – December 1971, p. 11, no. 1,  illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Genova, Accademia di Belle Arti, Palazzo Reale, Immagine per la città,  April – June 1972 (edition no. unknown)

Venice, XXXVI Biennale di Venezia Esposizione internazionale d’Arte, 1972, no. 58 (edition no. unknown)

Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Melotti, May – July 1972, n.p., no. 2, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Parma, Università di Parma, Sala delle Scuderie in Pilotta, Fausto Melotti, 1976, n.p., no. 52, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte; Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Abstraction création 1931-1936, April – September 1978, p. 208, no. 1, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Milan, Palazzo Reale, Melotti, May – June 1979, p. 30, no. 23, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Qu’est-ce que la sculpture moderne?, July – October 1986, p. 92, no. 102,  illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Matera, Chiese rupestri Madonna delle Virtù e San Nicola dei Greci, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Fausto Melotti, 1901–1986, June – September 1987, n.p., no. 4, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Milan, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Arte contemporanea per un museo: 10 anni di acquisizioni delle Civiche Raccolte d'Arte di Milano, June – September 1989, p. 20, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Italian Art in the 20th Century, January – April 1989, n.p., no. 133, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Venice, Palazzo Grassi, Arte Italiana: Presenze 1900-1945, April – November 1989, p. 469, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Madrid, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Memoria del future, Arte Italiano desde las primeras vanguardias a la posguerra, 1990-91, p. 321, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Fausto Melotti, April – June 1999, pp. 34, 65, 152 and 205, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Literature

Vincenzo Agnetti, ‘Fausto Melotti’, in: Flash Art, No. 14, Rome, December 1969, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Fausto Melotti, ‘Altri foglietti, con introduzione di Paolo Fossati’, in: NAC, No. 4, Bari, April 1971 (edition no. unknown)

Fausto Melotti and Paolo Fossati, Lo spazio inquieto, Turin 1971, n.p., no. 2-3, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Paolo Fossati, L’immagine sospesa. Pittura e scultura astratte in Italia 1934-1940, Turin 1971, n.p., no. 58, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Spencer, ‘Fausto Melotti’, in: Art and Artists, Vol. 6, No. 2, Issue No. 62, London, May 1971, n.p., illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Allemandi and M. Fagiolo dell’Arco, ‘Immaginate Klee scultore’, in: Bolaffi Arte, Vol. III, No. 19, Turin, April 1972, p. 61, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Fausto Melotti, Flash Art, No. 32, 33, 34, Milan, May – July 1972, p. 30, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Belli, ‘Melotti – Ragioni remote’, in: Qui Arte Contemporanea, No. 9, Rome, October 1972, p. 36, no. 2, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Zurich and Rome, Galleria Marlborough, Fausto Melotti, 1973, n.p., illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Russoli, ‘Fausto Melotti – Rembrandt Premio 1973’, in: Cahiers Européens, No. 3/75, Basel, July 1975, p. 30, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Abraham Marie Hammacher, Melotti, Milan 1975, n.p., no. 7, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Federico Zeri; Giulio Bollati; and Paolo Fossati, Storia dell’Arte Italiana, Vol. 3, Turin 1982, n.p., no. 176, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Dabbeni, ‘Incontro con l’opera di Fausto Melotti’, in: Temporale, No. 6, Lugano, September 1984, p. 9, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, Lessico Universale Italiano, (suppl.), Vol. II, Rome, 1986, no. 85 (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Milan, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Fausto Melotti: L'acrobata invisibile, March – April 1987, p. 9, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

A.Vattese, ‘Rivalutati alla luce di un nuovo ordine’, in: Il Sole 24 Ore, No. 118, Milan,  30 April 1989, p. 28, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Jole De Sanna, ‘Fausto Melotti, the enchanted lyricist’, in: Art Forum, a. XXVIII, No. 9, New York, May 1990, p. 145, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 13 June 1990, p. 37, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Véronique Mauron, ‘Un sculpteur au-delà de la matière’, in: La Liberté, Freiburg, 8 September 1990, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Venice, Palazzo Fortuny; Lugano, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Fausto Melotti, March – June 1990, n.p., no. 3, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Carlo Pirovano, Scultura italiana del Novecento: Opere, tendenze, protagonisti, Milan 1993, p. 149, no. 196, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., New York, Paolo Baldacci Gallery, Fausto Melotti, Anti-Sculpture, October – November 1994, p. 14, no. 5c, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Germano Celant, Catalogo generale sculture 1929-1972, Vol. I, Milan 1995, p. 21, no. 6, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Catalogue Note

"The modulation of space in a horizontal direction enacted by sculpture is the visual translation of melody... In Scultura n. 12, the sound wave that merges into the plane is supported by two symmetrical rods which evidence the transparency of the sculpture in relation to sound and, by extension, the transparency of the sculpture in relation to matter and the law of gravity." Jole De Sanna, 'Commentaries on selected works', in: Exh. Cat., Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Fausto Melotti, 1999, p. 205.
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