Untitled - from the portfolio La Lune en Rodage III
28.5 x 19.5 cm
Edition Panderma, Basel
1966, published 1977
Signed in pencil
Edition Panderma, Carl Laszlo, Basel
Galerie von Bartha, Basel
Private Collection, Basel
Condition / Restauration
mint archival condition
Yves Laloy’s paintings defy categorization. André Breton was the first to call his work surrealist, a label that Laloy felt overly limiting. Yet, Laloy embraced another relationship also put forward by Breton: one that invoked an analogous aesthetic relationship between his paintings and Navajo sand paintings, ephemeral images created by Navajo spiritual leaders exclusively as part of the Nightway ceremony. Breton reasoned that, “while a composition of Kandinsky responds to symphonic ambitions, a painting [made] of Navajo sand is primarily concerned with cosmogonic preoccupations and tends to influence the course of the universe in a propitiatory way.” For Breton, Laloy’s paintings enabled the ability to “see” beyond the visible. Paintings like Montez (Uma), on view here, are examples of the artist’s preoccupation with Indigenous art and spiritual practices in the Americas. They also are indicative of a time when many artists and writers in Western Europe were actively appropriating the aesthetics of objects from the Americas and Africa—often without an understanding of these works beyond their visual qualities as a means of accommodating a felt lack in their own societies—the perceived loss of the magic, ritual, and the sacred. Much like Marilou Schultz’s weavings, the patterning in these paintings also invokes the aesthetics of early digital technology. (from: http://www.documenta14.de/en/artists/21977/yves-laloy)
Yves Laloy: Untitled
A rare limited edition of the portable collection of post-war and contemporary art La Lune en Rodage III. This is an unnumbered copy of 230 editions (65 hors commerce were unnumbered) and part of the third serie of the La Lune en Rodage books. La Lune en Rodage was published in three volumes in 1960, 1965 and 1977 containing a total of approximately 180 art pieces which provide an account of the artistic avant-garde scene between the 1950s and 1970s. The art works were gathered by Carl Laslzo and included the greatest artists of the time who contributed with important pieces, often marking a turning point in their production and carriers: Enrico Castellani’s work for example is his first documented graphic work and Piero Manzoni's multiple Achrome is the only one produced by the artist.
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