Jesús Rafael Soto’s Sans titre, 1961 is a masterpiece of kinetic energy that challenges the viewer to resist traditional notions of space, dimensionality and objecthood. Soto executed the work at the height of his seminal period of production in the late 1950s until the early 1960s, known as the artist’s “Baroque” period. In Sans titre, Soto fixed a barrage of wires – repurposed from old lampshades found in his Paris apartment – onto a painted board. The result is a delicate, vibrating synthesis of materials, angles and forms; viewing the work is an experience in optical illusion that synthesizes art with scientific understandings of time and space. Sans titre is a highlight of the Contemporary Art Evening Auction, taking place in New York on 12 May.
Kinetic Vibrations Take Hold in a Jesús Rafael Soto Masterwork
New York | 12 May