Mark di Suvero, ‘Mete’, 1985-1989, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"You see that there is a real relationship between poetry and what I am trying for. And I think that people who want to do manufactured art…let's put it in terms of smell, they have the same kind of smell whenever you get into a new car. You know a new car smells a special way but it doesn't smell like that after you've lived in it for 10 years or so. Then it's part of you, of your clothes, and I think that works [where] there isn't the hands-on, there isn't that kind of thinking, leave me really much more blank." —Mark di Suvero

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Oil & Steel Gallery, Long Island City
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Charlotte and R. Phillip Hanes, Jr., Winston-Salem (acquired from the above in 1989)
Christie's, New York, 9 November 2011, Lot 754 (consigned by the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Mark di Suvero

Working in the tradition of David Smith and Alexander Calder, Abstract sculptor Mark di Suvero builds colorful and monumental outdoor sculptures. His works incorporate steel, wood, railroad ties, scrap metal, moving or swinging parts, and, most characteristically, industrial I-beams. Using a masterful welding technique to work on all of his sculptures himself, di Suvero integrates found objects and cast-off industrial materials into bold, expressive compositions. His practice is seen by many as a close approximation of the Abstract Expressionist concerns with material, gesture, and form typically found in painting.

American, b. 1933, Shanghai, China, based in New York, New York