Pedro Friedeberg and the Absurd

Going against the grain of serious political artwork in Mexico during the 1960s, Pedro Friedeberg’s objective was to point out the absurdity in everyday living. The artist’s light-hearted view of life naturally led him to join the Neo-Dadaist group, Los Hartos (The Fed Up).  Hating functionalism, Friedeberg once said “the house and its objects is supposed to be some crazy place that make you laugh” rather than a dreary “machine you live in.”  Along with Surrealism, Friedeberg also synthesized Early Renaissance, Rococo and Art Nouveau style into his whimsical works.  His off-center pieces include meticulously detailed paintings, gilded chairs, tables, couches and “useless objects.”  Hands being a consistent theme in his work, he is most famous for the visually entertaining Hand & Foot chair.

The October 17, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction features three amusing works by Pedro Friedeberg including a signed airplane made of rulers and paper cut-out angels, a miniature Foot/Hand sculpture, and a miniature Hand/Sun sculpture.  These objects are exceptional examples of Friedeberg’s desire to fill space with the absurd, and ultimately bring a little smirk to viewers’ faces.

Pedro Friedeberg
Estimate: $7,000 – 9,000
To be offered in October 17, 2010 Auction

Pedro Friedeberg
5.5″ h x 3″ x 4.5″d
Estimate: $700 – 900
To be offered in October 17, 2010 Auction

Pedro Friedeberg
10″ h x 3″ x 2″d
Estimate: $800 – 1,200
To be offered in October 17, 2010 Auction

One response to “Pedro Friedeberg and the Absurd

  1. Great to see the brilliant work of Pedro Friedeberg!

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