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Structure permutationnelle (Permutational Structure)

© Estate of Francesco Sobrino / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Madrid

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© Estate of Francesco Sobrino / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Madrid

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Francesco Sobrino

Spanish, 1932-2014

Structure permutationnelle (Permutational Structure), 1963-1966

Plexiglas

Edition: 1/3

overall: 43 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches (109.86 x 29.84 x 29.21 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1969

K1969:1

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Inscriptions

signature / base, lower right / Sobrino 1963-66

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Construction (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

In 1949, Francesco Sobrino emigrated with his parents from Spain to Argentina, where he went on to study at the National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. It was there that he first met Julio Le Parc and other artists associated with the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV). Like his peers, Sobrino wished to imbue his art with social function, fun, and creativity. From 1960 onward, Plexiglas was the artist’s preferred medium; he was particularly drawn to the way the material lends itself to modular form. Light passes through the surface of Permutational Sculpture, creating shadows that overlap, adding to and subtracting from the overall composition. This disciplined and controlled mastery earned Sobrino the nickname of “architect of light.”

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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