Jesús Rafael Soto


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October 6, 04:14 PM GMT


25,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details


Jesús Rafael Soto

1923 - 2005


1968, signed GEM, 800, with maker’s mark

a pair of large kinetic earrings in silver with silver-gilt bi-colored moving rods; executed by GEM Montebello for an edition of unknown size; omega clip-ons with supportive back-of-ear hooks

3½ by 2 11⁄16 in.; 9 by 6.8 cm

Galerie Denise René, Paris

Acquired from the above in 1998

Jesús Rafael Soto designed these 'Penetrable' earrings concurrently as he was creating large-scale works enabling people to physically enter the piece and observe how the object and body interact. A blend of geometric abstraction, Minimalist sculpture, and playground, his simple grids of colorful PVC tubing were usually suspended from free-standing frames and often placed outside. Soto always considered them ephemeral, and only a handful have survived the inevitable wear and tear. These 'Penetrable' earrings executed by GEM are a good example of how GEM Montebello created unconventional designs by well-known artists at reasonable prices.