Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
SOREL ETROG, R.C.A.
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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