Canadian Fine Art

November 1318, 2021
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LOT 47

Lot 47


Lot 47 Details


8 ins x 1.9 ins x 3.3 ins; 20.3 cms x 4.75 cms x 8.5 cms

Estimate $7,000-$9,000

Realised: $6,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Private Collection, Toronto, ON


Pierre Restany, Sorel Etrog, Prestal: Munich, 2001, Piéton illus. in colour p. 120


This powerful example of Etrog’s Hinges period style presents a figure identified by an action—walking. “Piéton” (pedestrian in French, one of the six languages the artist spoke) appears with parted legs, in mid-stride. The rest of the body is reorganized in response to this shifting of weight and the movement of muscles.

In this work, Etrog uses the hinge, a simple device that allows two perpendicular surfaces to open and close, as a tool to overcome what was historically conceived as one of sculpture’s inherent limits—the depiction of movement.

Dr. Alma Mikulinsky is an art historian and curator whose latest book Sorel Etrog: Life and Work was published in 2020 by Art Canada Institute. An authority on European Avant-Garde; her texts on Pablo Picasso were commissioned by leading museums such as Tate Modern and the Museé National Picasso-Paris. She opened two exhibitions this fall: Links as Bones: Sorel Etrog and the Fragile Body at the Art Gallery of Windsor and Guernica Remastered at Remai Modern.


Very good condition.

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LOT 47

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