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Marisol

(1930 )
MARISOL  Couple 2

Sotheby's
Nov 12, 2014
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 Marisol - Indian

Marisol - Indian

Original 1969
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Lot number: 157
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Marisol

INDIAN

1930 - 2016

oil, colored glass, hair, fabric and mirror fragments on wood 80 1/2 by 26 by 42 in. 204.5 by 66 by 106.7 cm. Executed in 1969.

Provenance

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York Ned L. Pines, New York (acquired from the above) Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Worcester Art Museum, Marisol, September - November 1971, illustrated

Literature

Exh. Cat., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper, 2014, p. 135

Catalogue Note

"Marisol's Native American sculptures are powerful and sensitive portraits, culled from a legacy of photographic images of Native Americans made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These images depict Native people in a moment of crisis and transition: their populations, having suffered catastrophic losses, were confined to meager slices of marginal land, and their traditional cultures and languages were under assault...Importantly, photographic portraits of Indian people from this era document individuals and groups actively grappling with a changed landscape, presenting themselves as subjects, not merely history's victims." Bill Anthes, "Marisol's Indians" in Exh. Cat., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper, 2014, pp. 135-136
 Marisol - Magritte Ii

Marisol - Magritte Ii

Original 1998
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Lot number: 162
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Marisol

B.1930

MAGRITTE II

oil, charcoal, plaster, cloth, wood and umbrella

67 1/2 by 41 1/2 by 32 1/2 in. 171.5 by 105.1 by 82.6 cm.

Executed in 1998.

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Provenance

Marlborough Gallery, New York

Private Collection, New York

Galeria La Cometa, Bogota

Acquired by the present owner from the above
 Marisol - Couple 2

Marisol - Couple 2

Original 1966
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Lot number: 171
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Marisol

B.1930

COUPLE 2

oil and graphite on wood and metal

96 by 27 3/4 by 10 in. 243.8 by 70.5 by 25.4 cm.

Executed in 1966.

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Provenance

Collection of the Artist

Neuhoff Edelman Gallery, New York

Acquired by the present owner from the above in 2007

Exhibited

New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Marisol, April 1966, cat. no. 10, illustrated

Worcester Art Museum, Marisol, September - November 1971, n.p., illustrated

New York, Neuhoff Edelman Gallery, Marisol Works 1960-2007, September - October 2007, p. 44, illustrated

Literature

José Ramón Medina, Marisol, Caracas, 1968, p. 167, illustrated

Exh. Cat., Washington, D.C., National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Magical Mixtures: Marisol Portrait Sculpture, 1991, p. 23

Shelly Lee, Marisoyo = Marisol, Tokyo, 1993, pl. 30, illustrated

David Colman, \“The Mask Behind the Face,\” The New York Times, September 9, 2007, p. 12, illustrated

Carol Diehl, \“Eye of the Heart,\” Art in America, March 2008, p. 158, illustrated

Exh. Cat., Brooklyn Museum, Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968, 2010, p. 36

Exh. Cat., Memphis, Brooks Museum of Art, Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper, 2014, p. 36

Born to Venezuelan parents in Paris, Marisol\’\’s early artistic training was a transcontinental experience that brought her from Europe to the Jepson School in Los Angeles and then the Art Students League in New York. There, she had the opportunity to study under the tutelage of Hans Hofmann, and soon thereafter she would shed her surname Escobar in order to assume an identity distinctly her own, rather than that of her father. She quickly catapulted herself onto the New York art scene in the 1960s, armed with a precocious talent, an aura of mystery and cool chic that mesmerized her earliest admirers, but which would later become a catalyst for her critics. Even the typically laconic Andy Warhol quipped that Marisol was \“the first girl artist with glamour.\”

Marisol\’\’s early work embraced some of the techniques and visual library of Jasper Johns\’\’ work, as well as encompassing much of the expressive assemblage of Robert Rauschenberg\’\’s Combines. After being inspired by Jasper John\’\’s Target with Four Faces, she began putting little terracotta figures on her box constructions. Marisol\’\’ s sophisticated aesthetic immediately linked her to the new Pop Art movement, but her work remained in a category of its own, displaying a myriad of influences from sources as diverse as Pre-Colombian art and Surrealist imagery. Even today, Marisol\’\’s art resists any linear curatorial reading. In 1966, Marisol had a one woman show at Sidney Janis Gallery, featuring the present work alongside perhaps the artist\’\’s most well-known work, The Cocktail Party from 1965-1966. The gallery was dominated by sculptures in the artist\’\’s signature anthropomorphic wood block constructions. The present work, Couple 2, made in the same year as the exhibition, depicts a male soldier on the right, clad in green military fatigues, metal helmet and rifle, with a female companion beside him. Executed in 1966, Couple 2 is a snapshot of a pivotal moment in American history in the wake of World War II and the Cold War and on the brink of the Vietnam War, when combat seemed ubiquitous and a generation of young men was consumed by war, yet the tide was turning in favor of anti-establishment rebellion. The dynamic in Couple 2 of a soldier and a female companion is a commentary on the social and political dynamics of the 1960s; each figure exists within a confined box, neatly drawn inside the prescribed boundaries, much like the rigid societal roles imposed in this time, both for men who were expected to fight for their country and for women who were supposed to stand idly by, a mere onlooker to the fate of their families. Marisol\’\’s early works can be understood as an ongoing dialogue and exploration of the self in relation to society and family. A deeply important work that the artist kept in her own collection until 2007, Couple 2 is a visual coup d\’\’etat whispering silent volumes of the identity and existence of a generation.

Fig. 1

Marisol standing in front of the present work in her New York apartment, 2007. Photo: Robert Wright

This work is in very good and sound condition overall. There are scattered abrasions and spots of loss to the wood, particularly along the edges and sides. Some of the irregularities to the wood appear to be original to the texture of the wood grain. There is scattered pitting and light surface abrasions to the aluminum heads. The lips of the left figure exhibit some slight paint loss, as does the helmet of the same figure. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
 Marisol - The Family

Marisol - The Family

Original 1957
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Lot number: 17
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Marisol (b. 1930)

The Family

signed and dated 'MARISOL 1957' (lower right)

crayon and graphite on paper

14 x 9½ in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm.)

Executed in 1957.
Esther Stuttman Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1958
The Bergman Collection
M. Pacini, Marisol Sculptures and Works on Paper, New Haven, 2014, p. 91, fig. 84 (illustrated in color).
The Arts Club of Chicago, Marisol, December 1965-January 1966, no. 20.
 Marisol - Untitled (row Of People)

Marisol - Untitled (row Of People)

Original 1956
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Lot number: 180
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Lot Description

Marisol (b. 1930)

Untitled (Row of People)

signed, inscribed and dated 'MARISOL N.Y.C. 1956' (on the reverse)

painted wood

11 x 37 x 3 in. (27.9 x 93.9 x 7.6 cm.)

Executed in 1956.

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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, 1958

Pre-Lot Text

The Bergman Collection

Exhibited

Arts Club of Chicago, Marisol, December 1965-January 1966.
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