1944 - 2014
incised with the artist’s signature, dated 2001 and numbered 1/8
bronze, in two parts with plinth
overall: 196 by 62 by 38 cm. 77 1/8 by 24 3/8 by 15 in.
Executed in 2001, this work is number 1 from an edition of 8.
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This work is in very good condition. There are tonal and textural shifts to the bronze, which are inherent to the nature and patina of the artist's chosen medium. Close inspection reveals some superficial scratches to the bronze base and the plinth.
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‘The idea of beauty is ambiguous, a double-edged sword that can easily hurt you, causing pain and torture. My art is an example of this dichotomy: mesmerising perfection attached to corrupted imperfection.’ (Igor Mitoraj cited in: Christopher Masters, ‘Igor Mitoraj Obituary’, The Guardian, 17 October 2014, online.) Igor Mitoraj’s oeuvre is rooted deeply in the classical tradition, greatly influenced by ancient Greek and Roman art and fused with a postmodern malaise.
Typical of Mitoraj’s practice, Untitled, 2001 exudes with fragmented energy and classical beauty. Comprised of a disembodied head and limbless torso, the work is made all the more striking through it’s slick black surface. The torso appears wrapped with bandages constricting the figure, a large medallion moulded from the same dark bronze is fixed on to the sculpture and depicts a second classical male figure, his arms spread wide, almost touching the frame of the panel. The sculpture draws heavily on Roman and Greek heritage and highlights Mitoraj’s absorption with the dialectic between perfection and imperfection.
Mitoraj mobilises the tradition of the sculptural nude to probe the nature of the human body, its beauty and fragility as well as its suffering. The thematic rupturing presented through deliberately truncated limbs underlines this paradox of the human condition. ‘I feel that a piece of arm or a leg speak far more strongly than a whole body’ (ibid).