FAUSTO MELOTTI Senza titolo (Untitled)

Price Available Upon Request
ENQUIRE

Details

FAUSTO MELOTTI
Senza titolo (Untitled)
Circa 1976
Brass
145 by 47 by 20 cm (57⅛ by 18½ by 7⅞ in.)

This work is registered by the Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milan, under no. 1976 60.

PROVENANCE
Alberto Grimaldi, Rome
Sale: Asta Finarte Milan, May 6, 1986, lot 33
Galleria La Sanseverina, Parma
Giuseppe Menta, Como
Sale: Asta Finarte Milan, June 20, 1991, lot 482
Fondazione Rivetti per l'Arte, Turin (acquired by 1994)
Galleria Martano, Turin
Galleria Tega, Milan
Sale: Sotheby's London, June 26, 2009, lot 105
Private Collection, Lugano
Private Collection

EXHIBITED
Fausto Melotti: Sculptures and Works on Paper from 1955 to 1983, Waddington Galleries, London, 2006, no. 15, illustrated in color
Klee-Melotti, Museo d'Arte Città di Lugano, Lugano, 2013, no. 132, illustrated p. 370 (mentioned p. 175)
London, Mazzoleni, Fontana Melotti. Angelic Spaces and Infinite Geometries, 2016, illustrated pp. 98-99

LITERATURE
G. Celant, Melotti, Catalogo Generale. Tomo Secondo. Sculture 1973-1986 e Bassorilievi, Milan, 1994, p. 458, no. 1976, illustrated p. 458
Fausto Melotti: Sculptures and Works on Paper from 1955 to 1983, exh. cat., Waddington Galleries, London, 2006, no. 15
Klee-Melotti, exh. cat., Museo d'Arte Città di Lugano, Lugano, 2013, p. 370, no. 132
Fontana Melotti. Angelic Spaces and Infinite Geometries, Mazzoleni, London, 2016, pp. 98-99

CATALOGUE NOTE
Fausto Melotti’s brass sculpture Senza Titolo (Untitled), couples the artist's characteristic lightness and fragility with a whimsy rarely seen in post-war European sculpture. The vertical plant-like forms here call to mind the calligraphic tendrils and curlicues found in the work of Paul Klee, yet the work’s individual sequences of repeating units acknowledge the artist’s early influences of both musical theory and mathematics. Italian author Italo Calvino, Melotti’s close friend, dedicated his most well-known work, Invisible Cities, to him in 1972–one can sense a poetic dialogue between the two. Around 1976, the year he executed this work, Melotti returned to Rome, where he spent his prolific remaining years engaging with sculpture, publishing his poetry and aphorisms, and exhibiting worldwide.

For all enquires, please contact David.Schrader@sothebys.com

Currently Available for Private Sale

Load More
Close