Xavier Veilhan, ‘Eric’, 2006, Sotheby's
Xavier Veilhan, ‘Eric’, 2006, Sotheby's
Xavier Veilhan, ‘Eric’, 2006, Sotheby's

Neither Appearance Nor Illusion: Property from the Collection of Santiago Barberi Gonzalez

Sculpture: 47 by 17 3/4 by 8 1/2 in. 119.4 by 45.1 by 21.6 cm.
Overall: 86 1/4 by 15 3/4 by 15 3/4 in. 219.1 by 40 by 40 cm.

Executed in 2006.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
Acquired from the above by the previous owner in September 2008

About Xavier Veilhan

Xavier Veilhan’s sculptural interventions are bold and transfixing, while complementing existing architecture and altering how viewers look at their surroundings. His “Architectones” series pays tribute to Kasimir Malevich's “Architectons,” three-dimensional models that blend architecture with philosophy. In “Architectones,” Veilhan installed sculptures in celebrated, modernist homes; each work was unique to the setting and placed in dialogue with the building’s architecture. A sixty-foot bust of Le Corbusier was set atop the architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, for example. Through faceted, distorted shapes, Veilhan’s structures capture energy by revealing the movement surrounding them. In 2009, Veilhan’s work was displayed in the Palace of Versailles and its surrounding gardens, juxtaposing traditional architecture against minimalist, futurist-inspired sculpture, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the former.

French, b. 1963, Lyon, France, based in Paris, France