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Untitled

1997
Jannis Kounellis (Italian (born in Greece), 1936–2017)


Dimensions

82 11/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 9/16 inches (210 x 11 x 9 cm)

Accession Number

2011.95

Medium or Technique

Steel beam with two leather shoes

On View

Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Kounellis transforms ordinary objects into poetic metaphors of loss and searching. This I-beam pressed into his own shoes can be read in numerous ways: as a crucifixion, a symbol of abandonment and reconstruction, and most powerfully, as an abstracted self-portrait. Kounellis breaks down boundaries between art and life, fusing materials and meaning.

Provenance

Koenig Gallery, Germany; December 2007, sold by Koenig to Edward and Joyce Linde, Weston, MA at the Basel Art Fair; 2011, gift of Joyce Linde to the MFA. (Accession date: March 23, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Joyce Linde in loving memory of Edward H. Linde