Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘Cane che sbadiglia’, Christie's

Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933)

Cane che sbadiglia

signed, titled and dated 'michelangelo Pistoletto cane che sbadiglia 1962-67' (on the reverse)

painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel

78 7/8 x 47 1/8 in. (200.3 x 119.7 cm.)

Executed in 1962-67.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'michelangelo Pistoletto cane che sbadiglia 1962-67' (on the reverse)

Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Michelangelo Pistoletto, April-May 1967, no. 33.

Royal Dublin Society, Rosc ’71: The Poetry of Vision, October-December 1971, p. 83 (illustrated).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

About Michelangelo Pistoletto

A leading figure in the development of Arte Povera and Conceptual art, Michelangelo Pistoletto is best known for his “mirror paintings” beginning in the 1960s, which first used grounds of metallic paint on canvas before rejecting canvas entirely for polished steel. Pistoletto’s life-size, photo-silkscreened images of people atop highly reflective surfaces integrate the environment and viewer into the work. In his “minus objects,” sculptures that explore how objects become artworks through the ideas they express, Pistoletto uses “poor” materials as a liberation from the traditional art system, as in his 1967 work Venus of the Rags, a copy of the classical figure set against a mound of old clothes and rags. An early performance art innovator, Pistoletto founded The Zoo in the late 1960s, which joined artists, intellectuals, and the public for collaborative “actions” that unified art and daily life.

Italian, b. 1933, Biella, Italy, based in Turin, Italy