Chryssa (Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013) Untitled (Iced), 1982 130 x 125 x 90 cm

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Chryssa
(Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013)
Untitled (Iced), 1982 130 x 125 x 90 cm

Sold for £ 110,500 (US$ 135,656) inc. premium
Chryssa (Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013)
Untitled (Iced), 1982
enamel-painted aluminium and neon
130 x 125 x 90 cm

Footnotes

  • Executed in 1982.

    EXHIBITED:
    Buffalo, New York, Albright-Knox Gallery, Chryssa: Urban Icons, November 13, 1982 - January 2, 1983 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 71)

    The Greek-born Chryssa was the first artist working in America to use emitted electric light and neon, producing majestic forms and oscillating patterns that capture the romantic imagery and inherent poetry of the modern urban landscape.

    In her 1982 Untitled (Iced), inspired by the iced Niagara Falls she had first visited during the heavy winter of 1962, the artist once again utilised fragmented letters and words to explore the relationships of volumes and the formal properties of the neon sign, already imitated in the paintings of Davis and Indiana. As noted by art critic D.G. Schultz1, the sculpture, with its three-dimensional sign-like letters tightly grouped and stacked on top of each other, is reminiscent of her earlier works such as Times Square Sky. Here, however, there is no element of found 'junk'; instead, the elegant bold script is meticulously finished with a spray paint coating while the curving linear neon lights emphasise the voids within the forms and heighten the abstract qualities of the calligraphic elements. The cascading forms of curved metal reinforce the artist's reference to the Falls, creating a strikingly beautiful work of art and an icon of contemporary culture.

    1. D.G. Schultz, preface to the Chryssa: Urban Icons exhibition catalogue, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 1983, p. 11.

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