Chryssa  (Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013) New York Cityscape 100 X 64 X 25.2 cm.

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Lot 70AR
Chryssa
(Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013)
New York Cityscape 100 X 64 X 25.2 cm.

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 34,379) inc. premium

Greek Sale

10 Apr 2017, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Chryssa (Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013)
New York Cityscape
neon sculpture with timer in plexiglass box
100 X 64 X 25.2 cm.

Footnotes

  • Executed in 1971-1974.

    This piece is unique.

    Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

    Exhibited
    Athens, Stavros Mihalarias Art, Chryssa '60-'90, May-July 1990, no. 40 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue).

    Literature
    T. Mavrotas, Chryssa, Light Sculptress, Ta Nea editions, Athens 2009, p. 118 (illustrated).


    Armed with ground-breaking originality and powerful conviction, Chryssa, the first artist to use direct emitted electric light and neon, managed to give definition and structure to the most elusive of substances, hitherto considered inaccessible to art. Her work from the early 1970s, which includes the New York Cityscape offered at auction, ranks among her most extraordinary, producing majestic forms and oscillating patterns that capture the brilliance and throbbing energy of the modern cityscape, while distilling from it its inherent poetry and irresistible allure.

    Mounted in a handsome, dark Plexiglas box, the curving neon tubes, along with their electrical connections and interior working parts, are clearly exposed to view. This transparent light cube is not only visually compelling but also psychologically acute, for it can be apprehended both as finished form and work-in-progress. The glamorous illusion of electrified neon and the visible technology of circuitry enhance each other's impact, acting together to reveal the artistic process. Moreover, the timed lapses of light add a new dimension to the game of illusionism, compelling the viewer to experience the work as both absence and presence.

    The end result is a work of intelligibility and coherence that conveys a classical sense of structure and proportion. While simultaneously renewing familiar themes and testing new grounds, Chryssa's work, as noted by art critic S. Hunter, "reveals the surprising contemporary outlines of a new classicism, in which we recognise familiar attributes of clarity, order and intellectual control."1

    1. S. Hunter, Chryssa, Abrams editions, New York, 1974, p. 19.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the work has no import as wrongly stated in the paper catalogue.
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