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Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled, 1981
Stainless steel
15.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in.


This work by León Ferrari is part of his iconic wire sculpture series, whereby the artist developed somewhat inverted pendulums with steel rods placed vertically on a base. Ferrari ensured the rods produced a soft murmur as they moved, turning them into what he described as, ‘artefacts for drawing sounds.' The sculpture Untitled also placed the role of light at its core, as the straight metal lines allow it to penetrate the sculpture, absorbing, reflecting and refracting it.

León Ferrari is one of Latin America’s most widely acclaimed artists. His practice involves a wide variety of media, including collage, installation, sculpture, drawing, and video. Ferrari always sought to understand and engage with the aesthetics of language, while questioning the authoritarian regimes he lived through, and their imposition of values in religion, politics, and art itself. His works often offers shrewdly ironic observations and comments on the socio-political environment by using figures of speech such as metaphors, repetitions or alliterations. In 2017 Ferrari received the Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Biennial.

His works are included in major public collections such as: Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; and Tate Modern, London, UK.