Giovanni Anselmo, ‘Torsione’, Christie's

Giovanni Anselmo (b. 1934)


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)

Turin, Galleria GianEnzo Sperone, Giovanni Anselmo, 1969 (another version exhibited).

Paris, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Giovanni Anselmo, October 1969, n.p. (illustrated).

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Op Losse Schroeven: situaties in cryptostructuren, March-April 1969, no. 2.

Eindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum and Kunsthalle Basel, Giovanni Anselmo, March-November 1979, pp. 29, and 74-75 (another version illustrated and exhibited).

Grenoble, Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Giovanni Anselmo, July-October 1980, pp. 48-49 (another version illustrated and exhibited).

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Anselmo/Long/Kirkeby, December 1984-March 1985 (another version exhibited).

Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Giovanni Anselmo, June-September 1985, pp. 41, and 58-61 (another version illustrated and exhibited).

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Transformations in Sculpture-Four Decades of American and European Art, November 1985-February 1986, p. 170, no. 110 (illustrated).

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Il Museo sperimentale di Torino. Arte italiana dagli anni Sessanta nelle collezioni della Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, November 1985-February 1986, p. 83 (another version illustrated and exhibited).

Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art Moderne, Qu'est-ce que la sculpture moderne?, July-October 1986 (another version exhibited).

Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti in Torino, Arte Moderna a Torino, 200 opere acquisite per la Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, November 1986-January 1987 (another version exhibited).

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Triennale di Milano and Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum, The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, October 1994-September 1995, no. 202 (illustrated in color).

Nice, Musée d'art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Giovanni Anselmo, March-June 1996 (another version exhibited).

London, Tate Gallery and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972, May 2001-January 2002, no. 6 (another version exhibited).

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Arte Povera in Collection, December 2000-March 2001 (another version exhibited).

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011-April 2015 (on loan).

G. Celant, _Arte Povera,_Milan, 1969, p. 8, no. 111.

G. Celant, _Arte Povera, Storie e protagonisti/ Histories and protagonists,_Milan, 1985, p. 107, no. 91 (another version illustrated).

_The Knot. Arte Povera at P.S.1,_exh. cat., New York, P.S.1, 1985, p. 58 (another version illustrated).

_Periplo della scultura italiana contemporanea,_exh. cat., Rome, Biennale internazionale di scultura contemporanea, le chiese di Madonna delle Virtù e di San Nicola dei Greci, 1988.

_Giovanni Anselmo,_exh. cat., Lyon, Musée d'art Contemporain, 1989, no. 19 (another version illustrated in color).

R. Maggio Serra and R. Passoni, _Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Il Novecento. Catalogo delle opere esposte,_Milan, 1993, p. 560 (another version illustrated).

M. Bouisset, _Arte Povera,_Paris, 1994, n.p. (another version illustrated).

_Giovanni Anselmo,_exh. cat., Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, 1995, p. 16, pl. 2, no. 21 (another version illustrated).

_Arte Povera e dintorni,_exh. cat., Milan, Mazzotta, 1997, p. 26 (another version illustrated in color).

_Arte Italiana. Ultimi quarant'anni. Materiali anomali,_exh. cat., Bologna, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, 1997, pp. 51-52 (installation view illustrated).

C. Christov-Bakargiev, _Arte Povera,_London, 1999, p. 78 (another version illustrated).

A. Minola, M. C. Mundici, F. Poli, and M.T. Roberto, _GianEnzo Sperone. Torino, Roma, New York. 35 anni di mostre tra Europa e America,_Turin, 2000, p. 128 (installation view illustrated).

_Arte Povera: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection,_exh. cat., New York, Columbia University, 2001, p. 30, fig. 20 (illustrated).

C. Rattemeyer, ed., _Exhibiting the New Art: 'Op Losse Schroeven' and 'When Attitudes Become Form' 1969,_London, 2010, p. 76, fig. 9 (installation view illustrated).

_Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New,_New York, Museum of Modern Art, 2013, p. 83 (installation view illustrated).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent to the present owner

About Giovanni Anselmo

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).

Italian, b. 1934, Borgofranco d'Ivrea, Italy