View full screen - View 1 of Lot 16. 'Penetrable'.

Jesús Rafael Soto


Lot Closed

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 by the present owner in 1998 (Ivi acquistato dall'attuale proprietario nel 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.