Lot 2376
Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005), La Spirale
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Multiple, silkscreen on plexiglass over silkscreen on panel, 1958-1969, edition 76/100, published by Edition Mat and Edition Seriaal and retaining both labels to verso. After its first release in Edition MAT in 1959, the edition's second part, was published by Edition Seriaal, Amsterdam in 1969.

19 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.

From the Collection of Mr. Ivan Remnitz, Caracas, Venezuela and Pittsboro, North Carolina

Jesús Rafael Soto was born in Ciudad Bolívar in southeastern Venezuela. He studied at the Plastic and Applied Arts School in 1947, under the direction of Rafael Ramón González, Marcos Castillo, and Juan Vicente Fabbiani, where he became interested in formal synthesis and color. After graduating, Soto moved to Paris on a grant, where he connected with the Nouveau Réalistes (New Realists), and with Yaacov Agam, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely. Soto's work became interested abstraction, as well as concepts of kineticism and kinetic environments. By 1955, Soto’s name is recognized as a leading figure in the Kenetic art movement, with his participation in the ground-breaking group exhibition “Le mouvement (The Movement).” The exhibition was held by Galerie Denise René and included the works of Jesús Rafael Soto, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Yaacov Agam, Pol Bury, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely.
Jesús work is included in many permanent collections of major institutions, such as Tate (London), Museum Ludwig (Germany), Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, DC), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Roma), and MoMA (New York).

Some areas of paint flaking to panel sides; some light scattered scratches to plexi; one abrasion to spiral on wood panel.