Chryssa  (Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013) Les Toyota sales 133.5 x 94.5 x 17 cm.

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Chryssa
(Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013)
Les Toyota sales 133.5 x 94.5 x 17 cm.

Sold for £ 31,250 (US$ 41,668) inc. premium
Chryssa (Vardea) (Greek, 1933-2013)
Les Toyota sales
signed 'Chryssa' (lower right)
neon and oil on canvas, wooden frame
133.5 x 94.5 x 17 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in New York c.1990.



    The first artist working in America to use emitted electric light and neon, and among the first to translate the illusion of European art into the reality of literal objects, the Greek-born Chryssa produced oscillating forms and patterns that capture the elusive poetry of the modern urban landscape.

    In this beautiful relief sculpture of finesse and aesthetic sobriety, she explores a world of pictorial clichés and commercial signs, assimilating mass media imagery as a new form of the objet trouvé. The end result, a typographic, symmetrised composition made of small uniform components based on impressions of newsprint, produces a mesmerising effect comparable to the silkscreening of commercial imagery by Warhol and Rauschenberg.

    Here, while the use of neon continues to distil something of the throbbing energy of the modern metropolis, the commercial sources of the work speak of detachment and coolness, alluding to the existence of an underlying artistic order. As noted by art critic S. Hunter, "the coherence and clarity of the end product is a measure of Chryssa's profound knowledge and total immersion in the technological process."1

    1. S. Hunter, Chryssa, Abrams editions, New York, 1974, p. 8.
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