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Giovanni Anselmo, ‘Torsione’, Christie's
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Torsione

Metal, acrylic and flannel
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Giovanni Anselmo (b. 1934)

Torsione

signed 'ANSELMO' (on the metal element)

metal, acrylic …

Giovanni Anselmo (b. 1934)

Torsione

signed 'ANSELMO' (on the metal element)

metal, acrylic and flannel

90 1/2 x 73 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (229.8 x 186 x 29.8 cm.)

Executed in 1968. This work is unique.

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Signed 'ANSELMO' (on the metal element)
Giovanni Anselmo
Italian, b. 1934
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Sculptor Giovanni Anselmo was one of the founders of the radical Arte Povera movement in Italy in the 1960s. Inspired by the observation of latent forces in the natural world such as gravity, magnetism, weight, and decomposition, he creates sculptures from found objects, various types of stone, plants, and other organic substances. In Torsion (1968), a leather cloth is sunken in a large cement block and twisted around a wooden bar that it holds in place. The sculpture seamlessly blends the torque of the twisted cloth as the centerpiece, the gravity that the wooden bar resists, and the sheer weight of the stone, creating a vortex of intersecting and conflicting forces. Anselmo has also created projection installations that use language to investigate the relationship between abstract categories of thought, such as the finite and the infinite in Particolare (1972).

Giovanni Anselmo, ‘Torsione’, Christie's
Giovanni Anselmo, ‘Torsione’, Christie's
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About the work
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Christie's

Giovanni Anselmo (b. 1934)

Torsione

signed 'ANSELMO' (on the metal element)

metal, acrylic …

Giovanni Anselmo (b. 1934)

Torsione

signed 'ANSELMO' (on the metal element)

metal, acrylic and flannel

90 1/2 x 73 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (229.8 x 186 x 29.8 cm.)

Executed in 1968. This work is unique.

Signature
Signed 'ANSELMO' (on the metal element)
Giovanni Anselmo
Italian, b. 1934
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Sculptor Giovanni Anselmo was one of the founders of the radical Arte Povera movement in Italy in the 1960s. Inspired by the observation of latent forces in the natural world such as gravity, magnetism, weight, and decomposition, he creates sculptures from found objects, various types of stone, plants, and other organic substances. In Torsion (1968), a leather cloth is sunken in a large cement block and twisted around a wooden bar that it holds in place. The sculpture seamlessly blends the torque of the twisted cloth as the centerpiece, the gravity that the wooden bar resists, and the sheer weight of the stone, creating a vortex of intersecting and conflicting forces. Anselmo has also created projection installations that use language to investigate the relationship between abstract categories of thought, such as the finite and the infinite in Particolare (1972).

Torsione

Metal, acrylic and flannel
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