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Arnaldo Pomodoro
SFERA
Estimate
350,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 348,500 USD
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218
Arnaldo Pomodoro
SFERA
Estimate
350,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 348,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Arnaldo Pomodoro
B. 1926
SFERA
incised with the artist's signature, title, date 67 and number '2/2 on the edge of the base
bronze with gold patina and Plexiglas base
32 by 32 by 32 in. 81.3 by 81.3 by 81.3 cm.
Executed in 1967, this work is number 2 from an edition of 2, plus 1 artist's proof.
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This work is registered with the Arnaldo Pomodoro Archives, Milan under the number AP 283.

Provenance

Marlborough Gallery, Rome
The Schulhof Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1972)
Christie's, New York, 15 November 2012, Lot 182
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner 

Exhibited

Colonia, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Arnaldo Pomodoro Werke 1959-1969, July - August 1969, (another example exhibited)
Verona, Studio La Città, Arnaldo Pomodoro, November - December 1970, (another example exhibited)
Palermo, Galleria Quattro Venti, Arnaldo Pomodoro, March 1971, (another example exhibited)
Monaco di Baviera, Galerie Stangl, Arnaldo Pomodoro ‘72, May - July 1972, (another example exhibited)

Literature

Florence Berkman, "Pomodoro’s Sculptures at the Atheneum Really Not So Strange," Hartford Times, 9 May 1971 
Exh. Cat., Staatstheater Darmstadt, Arnaldo Pomodoro: Grossplastiken, September - November 1972, illustrated
Gualdoni Flaminio, Ed., Arnaldo Pomodoro, Catalogo Ragionato della Scultura, Vol. II, Milan 2007, cat. no. 438, pp. 536-537, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"When a young Pomodoro, still under the 'combined influence' of the orthodoxy of the Brancusian form but already very shaken by the subversity of Fontana's Concetti spaziali....courageously decided to deconstruct the ultimate emblem of integrity, the surface of the Colonna 1960, and to venture into three dimensions with Sfera n. 1, 1963, it was evident that, along with the intangible dimension of the archetypes of static and absolute rotundity, he had also opened an inexhaustible linguistic source which allowed a glimpse of the break, of the fragmented surface; in short, a metaphoric principle of dramatic deconstruction of the form."

Bruno Corà, "Arnaldo Pomodoro: Epic of a Traveler in the Labyrinths of the Form" in Forma Edizioni, Eds., Arnaldo Pomodoro, Paris 2011, p. 44 

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