1912 - 1994
lithograph on J. Green paper bound in fabric-covered box
7½ by 75½ by 9 in. (19 by 191.8 by 22.9 cm.) (dimensions variable)
Box: 8½ by 8¾ by 1½ in. (21.6 by 22.2 by 3.8 cm.)
Executed in 1966, this work is number 16 from an edition of 20, plus 2 test proofs, 2 artist's proofs and 1 bon-à-tirer, printed by Clifford Smith in Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles and bound by Schuberth Bookbindery, San Francisco. This work is included in the archives of the Fundación Gego.
This work is in good condition overall. The binding and joined paper elements are stable and secure. The colors are vibrant, and the media layer is stable. A few scattered faint spots of foxing are present in the areas of darkest yellow pigment, and on the interior panels of the box.
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Private Collection, Caracas (gift of the artist circa 1975)
Private Collection, Amsterdam (by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2018
Iris Peruga et al., Gego. Obra completa 1955-1990, Caracas 2003, p. 193, another example illustrated in color
"Gego's work offers continuity without breaks; it flows steadily, like the universe. Her art is a work-in-progress primarily because, from the beginning, it erased and blended the traditional boundaries between different techniques and artistic modalities...Gego's art...develops and flows in a spontaneous manner, independently of the artist and her intentions, without ruptures. Like everything that surpasses us and lies beyond the reach of our will, Gego's work seems to have neither beginning nor end. It appears capable of continuously growing and changing, of developing like vegetation, like all living forms, accepting and responding to the transformations and imperfections, the vicissitudes and accidents of life."
(Iris Peruga, "From Matter to Space: The Game of Creation or Creation as Game?" in Questioning the Line: Gego in Context, Houston 2003, p. 47)