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Jannis Kounellis
1936 - 2017
UNTITLED
steel, crucible, tar, gaz lamp and rope
200 by 180 by 20 cm. 78 3/4 by 70 7/8 by 7 7/8 in.
Executed in 1990.
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This work is well registered in the Archivio Kounelis.

Provenance

Galerie Konrad Fischer, Dusseldorf
Collection Ackermanns, Kleve
Galerie Leu, Munich
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"I was designated as an 'artist' because no-one knew how to define a heap of coal. But I'm a painter, and I lay claim to my initiation in painting because painting is the construction of images, it doesn't indicate a manner, even less a technique... Jackson Pollock was a painter who reinvented the American space with morality. Mexican murals are paintings, Duchamp himself was a painter. Liberalism has given painting freedom as far as the imagination can go, and has re-endowed the artist with a fully intellectual role' (Jannnis Kounellis cited in: Exh. Cat., Vence, Château de Villeneuve / Fondation Emile Hugues, L'Élémentaire, le vital, l'énergie: Arte Povera in Castello, 2004, p. 57).

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