Lot 184
  • 184

Alejandro Otero

Estimate
250,000 - 350,000 USD
Sold
200,000 USD
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Description

  • Alejandro Otero
  • Untitled (from Cafeteras
  • dated 13.2.50 and inscribed B on the reverse 
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

Collection of Pedro Vallenilla Echeverría, Caracas (acquired directly from the artist)
Private Collection, Caracas (acquired from the above) 
Sotheby's, New York, 19 November 2002, Lot 108
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Alejandro Otero, February 1985, no. 90, p. 171
Caracas, Sala Mendoza, Un Hombre, Una Colección: Homenaje a Pedro Vallenilla Echeverría, May - June 1993, p. 6 
Biarritz, Espace Bellevue, Passion et Raison d’un Esprit Constructif: Une Conquête de l’Art d’Amérique Latine, Oeuvres de la Fundación Daniela Chappard, June - September 2006, cat. no. 89, illustrated in color 

Catalogue Note

"The first thing to disappear was the sense of stability. My forms began to 'fluctuate' in a space without up or down, leaning slightly on one side of the canvas, in an inclined position… Despite the fact that the lines, the colors and in some sense the space, continued to obey a norm deriving from the naturalistic perception of things, their action within the canvas could be perceived in itself, without reference to the objects which had given rise to it. Lines, colors and spaces organized themselves according to a rhythm that had been created, and it was this rhythm which imposed itself as a theme and reality of the work. This transposition seems to me now a “flight” as high as Kandinsky achieved with his first 'improvisations.'"

 Alejandro Otero

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