JAUME PLENSA (Spanish, b. 1955)
    Conversation IV, 2007
    Glass, stainless steel, LED light units, electronic control box
    86-1/4 x 34-7/8 x 31-1/2 inches (219 x 88.5 x 80 cm)

    Property of a Distinguished Gentleman

    Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago (acquired by the present owner, 2007)

    Montréal, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, since 2012

    This sculpture is located at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and is being offered in situ. The buyer will be responsible for making deinstallation and shipping arrangements from this location. Detailed condition reports are available upon request.

    While at once mimicking the architecture of an a phone booth and an isolation chamber, Jaume Plensa's Conversation IV pulses with an ever-changing light display from within, illuminating the glass brick structure and calling the body forth. The structure is a vessel, a metaphor of and for the body, one that only contains emptiness and keeps the door shut to its interior and the outside world. This transparent void filled with cool, colored light beckons the viewer to engage with it directly, questioning the very nature of the relationship of viewer, object and the world beyond.

    Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Some minor rusting points along the outer surface or the door and over the rooftop portion; one bolt securing the steel frame of the glass pane at the upper inner roof section is missing;  light control system and DEL light units in good, operating condition.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    November, 2014
    8th Saturday
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