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Antônio Dias (b. 1944)
THE ILLUSTRATION OF ART
Estimate
125,000175,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 USD
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9
Antônio Dias (b. 1944)
THE ILLUSTRATION OF ART
Estimate
125,000175,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Latin America: Contemporary Art Evening Sale

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New York

Antônio Dias (b. 1944)
THE ILLUSTRATION OF ART
signed and titled on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
19 3/4 by 59 in.
50 by 150 cm
Painted circa 1971.
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Provenance

Acquired from the artist
Private Collection, Italy

Catalogue Note

Rational and vigorously conceptual, Antonio Dias’ work is fraught with formal elegance. A master of appropriation, erotic satire, Pop assemblage and multimedia, Dias' innovative approach to art-making exploits the power of seemingly rigorous structures to subvert and deconstruct meaning. One of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, he is regarded, according to Brazilian critic and curator Paulo Herkenhoff, as the “main link between the neoconcretists and the artists of the 1970s: between Hélio Oiticica and Cildo Meireles, Lygia Clark and Tunga, the non-objects and Waltércio Caldas...between conceptual art and the tradition of concrete poetry.”

As an austere non-image belonging to the landmark series executed in the early 1970s, The Illustration of Art achieves a new contemporary aesthetic. Conceived in 1971 during a pivotal residency in New York granted by a Guggenheim Fellowship, the work conflates intellectual interests as distinct as astronomy, minimalism, and the pursuit of a 'pure art of ideas'. The vast commercialization of art during this period and its ultimate commodification by the emergence of the contemporary art market is made ironically evident in the self-serving referential system implied by the American dollar sign in this darkly humorous painting. Suspended in mid-air, this universal sign adopts critical relevance when examined against the precepts of a rising institutionalized art economy. 

Latin America: Contemporary Art Evening Sale

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New York