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Mira Schendel
UNTITLED, FROM THE SERIES 'DATILOSCRITOS'
Estimate
80,000120,000
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227
Mira Schendel
UNTITLED, FROM THE SERIES 'DATILOSCRITOS'
Estimate
80,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Mira Schendel
1919 - 1988
UNTITLED, FROM THE SERIES 'DATILOSCRITOS'
signed and dated 74, 3; also inscribed 1/a on the reverse
typewriting, transfer and ink on paper
20 by 14 1/4 in. 36.3 by 50.8 cm.
Executed in 1974. 
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Provenance

Gabinete de Artes Gráficas, São Paulo
Private Collection, Italy (acquired from the above)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

São Paulo, Gabinete de artes gráficas, Mira Schendel, Desenhos, Datiloscritos, Mandalas, Paisagens, May - June 1975 

Catalogue Note

"The Datiloscritos (typed writings) involve obsessively repeated letters and signs in the style of concrete poetry, particularly that of the British Benedictine monk Dom Sylvester Houédard, whom Schendel got to know in the late 1960s. Yet as writings Schendel's Datiloscritos are illegible. These are not poems but abstract drawings featuring careful geometric shapes. Repetition, we know, was for the Minimalists the quintessential anticompositional device; here, though, repetitive operations become thoughtful, delicate forms of composition... the Datiloscritos suggest the mechanical noise of a typewriter, percussive, inarticulate, yet tactile and incisive at the same time." 

Luis Pérez-Oramas, in Exh. Cat. New York, Museum of Modern Art, León Ferrari and Mira Schendel: Tangled Alphabets, 2009, p. 38

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