Ernesto Neto, ‘TWO HEARTS AND ONE BODY’, 2010, Alpha 137 Gallery
Ernesto Neto, ‘TWO HEARTS AND ONE BODY’, 2010, Alpha 137 Gallery

MAKES A TERRIFIC (AND ROMANTIC) GIFT! Mint condition; in original shrinkwrap. This long sold out limited edition hand signed and numbered print was commissioned by the renowned Hayward Gallery in London to celebrate the 2010 British exhibition of one of the art world's rising stars, Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) and was derived from his computer-rendered drawings used to plan the exhibition. The print, titled "Two Hearts and One Body", features two views of a large heart-shaped sculpture that stood at the centre of the exhibition. Made of cut plywood and covered in fabric, the sculpture allows visitors to enter it and generate a heartbeat by playing its samba drum.
Excellent condition; unopened and in original Hayward Gallery shrinkwrap with tag verso.
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Signature: Signed; numbered, dated and titled by Ernesto Neto from the edition of 100

Publisher: Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London

Acquired directly from the Hayward Gallery in London back in 2010 - before they sold out.

About Ernesto Neto

A highly influential contemporary Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto creates large-scale, sensuous environments that evoke bodily experience. Often working with a stretchy, stocking-like fabric in vibrant colors, which he fills with aromatic, organic, or tactile materials such as spices, coffee beans, or Styrofoam, Neto suspends pendulous forms from the ceilings and walls of galleries, or creates spaces walled with membrane-like gauze, into which viewers are invited to enter. These giant stalactites and structures contain phallic forms and orifices suggestive of sexuality. “My work speaks of the finite and the infinite, of the macroscopic and the microscopic, the internal and external, by the masculine and feminine powers,” he says. “But sex is like a snake, it slithers through everything.” Neto considers Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Richard Serra, Tunga, and Cildo Meireles to be influences on his practice.

Brazilian, b. 1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil