We are grateful to the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milano for assistance in cataloguing this work. This piece is catalogued in the Foundation's archive with this reference: M/77/6. Rarely to market, this vintage signed and numbered 1977 Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture multiple was created for VIPs attending the International Iron & Steel Institute (I.I.S.I.) and ASSIDER (Associazione Industrie Siderurgiche Italiane) Congress held in Rome in October, 1977. The work is attached to the base bearing the name of the event and dateline on the front, with the artist's incised signature on the back, and the number -- 142/400 on the side. With the attached signed base, the work measures 7 inches by 2 inches; the work sculpture alone measures 5 inches. It can elegantly rotate around the base, and is equally impressive from the front as it is the back, bearing the artist's rich carvings and distinctive geometric shapes. The work is titled "Stele", which means, literally, "an upright stone slab or column decorated with figures or inscriptions, common in prehistoric times; a prepared vertical surface that has a commemorative inscription or design.."
Made for ASSIDER, Rome - Edizioni Biancoenero, Rome (S. Johnson Foundry, Milano)
Condition: There is some scratching and scuffing to the metal base, but the piece is otherwise in good condition. (Please see photos for surface scratching.) Rarely seen on the market. A terrific Pomodoro sculpture for the desk, table, office or mantelpiece. An affordable work of art by one of the most distinguished international sculptors of our time - winner of the ISC's Lifetime Achievement Award among many other distinctions.
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Signature: Etched (incised signature) on the base, and numbered 142/400 on the side. Also bears the text ASSIDER I.I.S.I. CONGRESS Roma Ottobre 1977 on the opposite side. These acronyms stand for: ASSOCIAZIONE INDUSTRIE SIDERURGICHE ITALIANE (ASSIDER) and INTERNATIONAL IRON & STEEL INSTITUTE,.(I.I.S.I.), respectively.
Manufacturer: Made for ASSIDER, Rome - Edizioni Biancoenero, Rome (S. Johnson Foundry, Milano)
This piece is catalogued in the archives of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro
in Milano with this reference: M/77/6.
About Arnaldo Pomodoro
Arnaldo Pomodoro thinks of his massive, architectural sculptures as “crystals, or nuclei, or as eyes, or signal fires,” he says. ”I see them as relating to borders and voyages, to the worlds of complexity and imagination.” Drawing on his training in architecture, Pomodoro’s concerns center on the relationship between each individual sculpture and the space in which it is installed. Early on, admiration for Paul Klee prompted the artist to translate Klee’s linear drawings into dimensional elements in his early relief sculpture. Ultimately, however, Pomodoro became known for large, free-standing geometric forms, especially columns, cubes, pyramids, spheres, and discs. Works such as Rotator with a Central Perforation (1969)—a bronze sphere—exemplify his smooth, streamlined style and devotion to idealized shapes, often reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Pomodoro insists on partaking in the physical fabrication of his work.
Italian, b. 1926, Morciano di Romagna, Italy, based in Milan, Italy