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Rago/Wright

This work is number 4 of 5 artist's proofs aside from the edition of 40.

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered to lower margin 'Arp IV/X'.

A pioneer of abstract art, Jean (aka Hans) Arp was instrumental in founding the Dada movement and participated actively in Surrealism and Constructivism. In his collages, reliefs, and sculptures, Arp often incorporated waste material such as discarded paper and fabric, and embraced chance and spontaneity as integral components of the artistic process. In Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance (1916), for example, Arp explored the potential for unique compositional relationships that result from inadvertent arrangement of collage elements. Arp’s articulation of biomorphic forms, inspired by organic material and the human figure, was simultaneously explored by Joan Miró and proved to be hugely influential to later 20th-century abstract artists.

High auction record
$485.0k, Sotheby's, 2014
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Walk Through - Expressionism & Classic ModernismGalerie Thomas
2020
From Munch to Uecker - Masterpieces from Classic Modernism to Contemporary ArtGalerie Thomas
2014
The St. Petersburg ParadoxSwiss Institute
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Soleil recercle (Couverture I), 1966

Woodcut on paper
18 1/4 × 14 1/4 in
46.4 × 36.2 cm
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RW
Rago/Wright

This work is number 4 of 5 artist's proofs aside from the edition of 40.

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered to lower margin 'Arp IV/X'.

A pioneer of abstract art, Jean (aka Hans) Arp was instrumental in founding the Dada movement and participated actively in Surrealism and Constructivism. In his collages, reliefs, and sculptures, Arp often incorporated waste material such as discarded paper and fabric, and embraced chance and spontaneity as integral components of the artistic process. In Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance (1916), for example, Arp explored the potential for unique compositional relationships that result from inadvertent arrangement of collage elements. Arp’s articulation of biomorphic forms, inspired by organic material and the human figure, was simultaneously explored by Joan Miró and proved to be hugely influential to later 20th-century abstract artists.

High auction record
$485.0k, Sotheby's, 2014
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Hans Arp
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