After taking a brief trip to Palm Springs this past weekend, we had to stop by the Palm Springs Art Museum, a beautiful museum with a fantastic collection, and of course we oohed an aahed over the Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture that greeted us as soon as we walked into the lobby. “Cippo, II” executed 1984-5, the 1st from an edition of two, is painted bronze with patina and measures at 111 inches high x 31 inches long x 13.5 inches wide. This particular sculpture has similar detailing to the Pomodoro sculpture we just acquired on consignment that will be offered in our upcoming Spring 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction.
The Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture we have on consignment is titled “Romboide”, which translates from Italian to “rhomboid”, which is a parallelogram with oblique angles and adjacent sides which are unequal. This sculpture was executed in 1977, #22 out of 30, measures 11.8″ high x 10.8″ long x 2.2″ wide, and is inscribed. The estimate for the sculpture is $15,000 – 20,000.
Arnaldo Pomodoro is still alive and currently working and living in Milan. His work can be seen in the Vatican Museum, United Nations Headquarters, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, to name a few landmark locations. From the mid-1940s until 1957 Pomodoro worked in public building restoration in Italy, while studying stage design and working as a goldsmith. In 1954 he moved to Milan and met Lucio Fontana, among other artists, and his work was first shown in Florence in 1955. In 1960 he moved to New York and met Louise Nevelson and David Smith. Similarities in style and medium can be drawn from Lucio Fontana’s “Concetto Spaziale“, which was sold in the latest December 2009 Fine Art, Sculpture, & Design Auction.
Guggenheim Collection- Artist Directory: http://www.guggenheimcollection.org/site/artist_bio_130.html