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Jannis Kounellis

Untitled, 2011

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Jannis Kounellis

Painter, sculptor, installation and performance artist—with a career spanning more than 50 years, Jannis Kounellis has developed his practice as a spectacular blend of media designed to investigate the tensions and alienation inherent in contemporary society. Born in Greece in 1936 and based in Rome since he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti at the age of 20, Kounellis has been associated with Arte Povera since the 1960s. The movement’s use of humble, “non-art” materials challenged the traditionally pristine gallery environment, uniting the symbols of mass urban and industrial civilization with those of the pre-industrial world.

Kounellis’ constant evolution and challenging use of cotton, wool, coal, soot, fire, live animals, and found wooden objects—to name but a few—has secured his position as an important contemporary artist with a unique vision of the world and human freedom. He has exhibited at Documenta three times, the Venice Biennale an astounding seven times, as well as at internationally renowned institutions like the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

Painter, sculptor, installation and performance artist—with a career spanning more than 50 years, Jannis Kounellis has developed his practice as a spectacular blend of media designed to investigate the tensions and alienation inherent in contemporary society. Born in Greece in 1936 and based in Rome since he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti at the age of 20, Kounellis has been associated with Arte Pov […] more

Untitled, 2011

Black is Kounellis’ signature color: mixed with earthy tones and subtle, elemental variations, it serves as a grounding backdrop to the artist’s evolving, decade-spanning oeuvre. Depicting inky, flame-like shapes that appear to almost magically transform into masked faces, Untitled brings many of Kounellis’ themes (flames, soot, alchemy, and contemporary alienation) to one dramatic work. The Edvard Munch-like forms that make up this composition will be familiar those interested in Kounellis’ drawings—he has revisited this iconic image of existential angst in a number of homages to the Norwegian artist for over three decades.

Untitled was produced as a limited edition of 100 offset prints on paper and is one of only a handful of editions Kounellis has made throughout his career. Signed and numbered, Untitled brings Kounellis’ assemblage of elements to a single print and offers an outstanding opportunity to collect a framable work by this fascinating artist.

Black is Kounellis’ signature color: mixed with earthy tones and subtle, elemental variations, it serves as a grounding backdrop to the artist’s evolving, decade-spanning oeuvre. Depicting inky, flame-like shapes that appear to almost magically transform into masked faces, Untitled brings many of Kounellis’ themes (flames, soot, alchemy, and contemporary alienation) to one dramatic work. The […] more

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Jannis Kounellis
Untitled, 2011

Size:
49 x 37,8 cm

Material:
Offset lithography on paper

Edition:
100, signed and numbered

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Constantin Brancusi

Simplicity is complexity resolved.