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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

Vito Acconci
AIRPLANE CITY
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

Vito Acconci
AIRPLANE CITY
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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Vito Acconci
B.1940
AIRPLANE CITY
signed and dated 1981 on the reverse of one of the elements
pastel and graphite on paper, in 28 parts 
Each Framed: 9 1/2 by 12 in. 24.1 by 30.5 cm.
Overall: 94 7/8 by 109 1/8 in. 241 by 277.2 cm.
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Provenance

Michael Klein Gallery, New York
Sotheby's, New York, 16 February 1989, Lot 270
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner 

Catalogue Note

"The beginning was to make words part of the space, or to use words as a way to traverse the space, whereas before it was traversing the page. I remember a poetry reading at a place called the Longview Country Club. The piece I did involved walking from one end of the space to the other, and with each step reading a word. Walking one direction, each word is an adverb. Walking back, each step is a prepositional phrase, as a way of—was I trying to explode words in space, or was I trying to traverse space by means of words? I think there was a back and forth. On the one hand, I obviously sensed I needed to get away from the page, so I would put words into the space, yet at the same time I was probably afraid, and could only traverse the space through means of words."

Vito Acconci in Shelley Jackson, "Shelley Jackson Talks with Vito Acconci," The Believer, December 2006 - January 2007

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York