CÉSAR Compression d'Ofèvrerie [TWO WORKS]

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CÉSAR
Compression d'Ofèvrerie [TWO WORKS]
each incised with the artist's signature and date 72 near the bottom edge
compressed silverware
i. 9⅜ by 5⅞ by 5⅞ in. 23.8 by 14.9 by 14.9 cm.
ii. 9⅞ by 6⅛ by 5⅞ in. 25 by 15.6 by 14.9 cm.

These works are registered in the archives of Madame Denyse Durand-Ruel under numbers (i.) 7128 and (ii.) 7690.

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Zurich (acquired directly from the artist circa 1975)
Sotheby's, New York, September 22, 2011, lot 67 (consigned by the above)
Collection of Marjorie S. Fisher, Palm Beach (acquired from the above sale)
Sotheby’s, New York, March 2, 2017, lot 135 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection (acquired from the above sale)

EXHIBITED
New York, Di Donna Galleries, A Surrealist Banquet, 2017, no. 4

LITERATURE
Pierre Restany, César, New York, 1976, cat. no. 195, p. 216, illustrated in color (one of the works illustrated, titled Compression 2a and dated 1971)

CATALOGUE NOTE
In Compression d'orfèvrerie, one of the artist’s celebrated Compressions, César condensed silverware into two rectangular cubes of concentrated volume. César’s Compressions, including the present work, testify to the radical nature of avant-garde experiments of the period (both in France and in the United States with John Chamberlain), which utilized readymade objects to challenge the accepted formalism of modern sculpture. Harmonious structure, compositional balance and tracings of the artist’s handwork were replaced by a prioritization of social critique.

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