Spiral, 1967 inscribed 'Marcos Grigorian 1967/896 3rd Ave Studio/NYC 10022 (on the reverse) earth and straw in polyester binding on wood 20 x 20in (50.8 x 50.8cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, New York, New York
Exhibited: Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, New York (label on reverse)
Literature: Marcos Grigorian, Earth Works, Gorky Gallery, New York, 1989 (color illust. p. 64)
Note: Marcos Grigorian, a leading figure in the development of the Iranian avant-garde, participated in the 1956 and 1958 Venice Biennales. In the early 60's as a result of the spiritual difficulties he faced working on a Holocaust mural, Grigorian developed his lifelong interest in working with earth as symbol of regeneration. He moved to New York in 1962 and created the first of his "Earth Works." At Alfred Barr, Jr.s recommendation, the Museum of Modern Art acquired a work from this series in 1965. Another was donated by Nelson Rockefeller in 1978.