DescriptionArnaldo Pomodoro (b. 1926)
Giroscopio, I, 1986-87
Bronze and iron
152 inches (386.1 cm)
Signed and dated: Arnaldo Pomodoro 1986/87
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN
Sotheby's, private sale, 2008;
Private collection, Montreal, purchased from the above.
This work is registered in the Pomodoro Archive, Milan, and is included in the online Pomodoro catalogue raisonné under no. 807. The sculpture is being offered in situ in Granby, Quebec, Canada. An appointment must be made for viewing. The buyer will be responsible for making deinstallation and shipping arrangements from this location. A detailed condition report is available upon request.
The renowned Italian avant-garde artist Arnaldo Pomodoro is known worldwide for his large-scale bronze sculptures and instantly recognizable artistic language. His works are polished and shiny geometrical bronze shapes - such as columns, pyramids and spheres - lacerated by internal cracks that show the intimacy of the matter, made with his iconic indecipherable and emblematic signs that resemble inner workings or a nuclear explosion. Contrasts and divergent emotions are central in his narrative: construction opposed to destruction, curved and mellow appearances competing with sharp and austere lines, reflective and smooth surfaces against opaque and rough exteriors.
The present artwork, Giroscopio I, is a striking and illustrative example of Pomodoro's monumental bronze sculpture as it highlights the lifelong interest and research of inner forms dynamism while blending with the outer landscapes in which it is located. Giroscopio I is a moving artwork composed of external spherical rings and two semi-circular internal shiny halves. Its shape resembles the ancient spinning globes, as well as the contemporary mobiles by Calder. Here, the forms' movement is exploited by the artist's technical engineering skills made possible through the reverse rotation of its parts around a pin. This trick allows the observer to discover the intricacies of the inside, and to enjoy the revolving forms while in a still position. As Arnaldo often argues, it is evident the departure from the perceptive studies of Op Art and Kinetic Art of the 1960s.
The relationship between sculptures and the environmental surrounding is paramount for the artist. The use of reflecting surfaces takes something out of the space where the art is set, allowing the observer to immediately connect himself to the art piece and consider the totality of the environment in which they stand. When Pomodoro incorporates his design into existing architectural structures imbued with history and beauty, his challenge is to create a stimulating conversation. This need is influenced by his homeland, where the harsh rocks of the Montefeltro area are majestically connected to the medieval fortresses and create a link between the past and the future, urban and natural environment.
Born in Montefeltro, he studied in a technical institute and served as a consultant for the restoration of public buildings in Pesaro, acquiring skills later useful to the production of his artworks. Soon he decided to take a turn in his career and followed his call for the Arts. After learning the lost-wax casting system at a goldsmith's shop, a technique he continues to use today, he moved to Milan in 1954, where he still lives and works. Here he had the opportunity to enlarge his circle with many artists that influenced and mentored his work, among them Lucio Fontana, Enrico Baj and Alberto Burri.
A significant turning point for his career occurred when he travelled to the United States in 1959. Faced with Constantin Brâncu?i's art at the MoMa in New York, he realised how that smooth, clean and perfect sculpture was obsolete. He felt the urge to destroy that perfection with an explosion of internal turmoil, representative of the tension and the search for new values that permeated the 1960s. His geometrical sculptural language evolved from two dimensional to three-dimensional, and he started creating fissures in his polished bronzes filled with futuristic and mechanical signs.
Arnaldo Pomodoro holds an impressive international decades-long career filled with awards and exhibitions which consolidated his reputation as one of the most significant contemporary artists. His sculptures are exhibited in the most prestigious museums, private collections and prominent public spaces including the Vatican City Cortile della Pigna, Palais-Royal in Paris, The Guggenheim in New York and the Trinity College in Dublin. An imposing and highly attractive work, Giroscopio I would be a perfect fit for any contemporary art collection.
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