CÉSAR | RELIEF
1921 - 1998
incised with the artist's signature and date 1955; incised with the number 4/8 on the reverse
39½ by 28½ by 5½ in. (100.3 by 72.4 by 14 cm)
Executed in 1955 and cast in 1990, this work is number 4 from an edition of 8.
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Allan Stone Projects. Purchased items will be available for collection at Crozier Fine Arts, 1 Star Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ as of Thursday, December 13th.
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. All elements are present and stable. There are tonal and textural shifts, as well as surface irregularities throughout, inherent to the nature of the artist's working method and chosen medium. There is scattered oxidation. There is wax residue in the lower left corner, visible upon close inspection.
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Minneapolis, Institute of Arts, European Art Today, 1959 (another example exhibited)
New York, Allan Stone Gallery, CÉSAR, 1960 (another example exhibited)
Paris, Galerie Gismondi, Salone de Mars, 1991 (another example exhibited)
Dakar, Musée de l'IFAN, Collection Mourtala Diop, 1993 (another example exhibited)
New York, Allan Stone Projects, Arman and César, March - June 2015
With his 1950s brutalist sculptures of insects, animals, nudes and other biology fashioned from welded bits of scrap-metal, César became established as a central figure of Nouveau Réalisme, the French artist collective founded on the desire to relink art and life in the burgeoning age of mass-production. César pioneered diverse sculptural investigations, deriving applications for scrap-metal, expansion foam, plastics, and molten crystal, famously utilizing a compressor to crush automobiles into sculpted blocks. In a career lasting nearly five-decades, César had countless gallery exhibitions and major museum retrospectives, including the Venice Biennale in 1995 and the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 1997. César is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea. From the first year of his eponymous gallery, Allan Stone was an ardent collectors of César, having owned, exhibited and sold numerous important works.