Takis  (Panayiotis Vassilakis) (Greek, born 1925) Tableau, 1983 85 x 115 cm.

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Takis
(Panayiotis Vassilakis) (Greek, born 1925)
Tableau, 1983 85 x 115 cm.

Sold for £ 43,750 (US$ 61,766) inc. premium
Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis) (Greek, born 1925)
Tableau, 1983
engraved with monogram and dated '83' (lower left)
mixed media mounted on wooden panel
85 x 115 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired by the current owner in 1991 from the André Simoens Gallery, Knokke-le-Zoute.



    Exploring the relationship of technology and artistic vision in today's world, Tableau manifests a fascination with the expressive potential of found objects and industrial materials, radiating energy to the surrounding space and evoking a world of cosmic symbols and mystical meanings. As noted by art critic W. Andersen, "all of Takis's works relate directly to objects that exist in the real world in some previous context. They gain potency as images by approximating, while at the same time transforming what we expect from the world."1 Wires, fuses, ammeters and other electrical components perfectly arranged on an imaginary switchboard emanate a feeling of archaic composure and classical order, while at the same time they convey a sense of wonder and hope, compelling the viewer to see things anew. "Machines don't necessarily foreshadow a gloomy and hopeless future. We could handle them differently and even appreciate them for their moral values. After all, life itself is made of organic machines."2

    1. W. Andersen, Evidence of the Unseen, exhibition catalogue, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1969, p. 13.
    2. Takis with Felix Guattari in discussion, Art Magazine, no. 1, November 1993, p. 34.
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