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Guggenheim, by Pol Bury

1970; color lithograph on paper ; 64,2 x 89 cm ; signed lower right; numbered lower left: 126/250

 

   

About the Artist

Pol BURY (1922-2005)
Pol Bury begins his artistic career as a painter, working in the Jeune Peintre Belge group and the Cobra group. In 1953, he is drawn to sculpture and around 1958 he introduces electric motors in his works in order to create extremely slow, erratic movements. As such, he is considered with Rafael Soto and Takis as one of the leading artists of the Kinetic sculpture movement.

In 1964, Pol Bury visits New York for the first time at the occasion of his one-man show held at the Lefebre Gallery, titled "Cinétisations". These so-called "Cinétisations" consist of photographs or reproductions of familiar sights of buildings and monuments (in this case mainly New York sights).

Pol Bury has used this approach on several occasions, with a clear subject-preference for post-card or cliché-images. The goal of this at first sight unkind treatment of all too familiar images, is to wake up the viewer and let him look anew at these images which have become meaningless through overexposure such as the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa by da Vinci, views from Venice, etc. In 1970 and 1971, a huge traveling retrospective exhibition of Pol Bury is held in the States. Starting in Berkeley, and afterwards going to Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Iowa, Chicago and Houston it is shown at the Guggenheim in New York.

Pol Bury had a habit of creating images like his "cinétisations" for the places where exhibitions of his were taking place. In this print of the Guggenheim, created at the time of his traveling retrospective in the States, he treats the iconic Guggenheim Museum building in a way which is similar in purpose as his "Cinétisations". Instead of distorting the image through the means of displacement of cut-out circles, he lets the building be invaded by his trademark steel globes, creating a somewhat alienating, bizarre effect, which is only enhanced by the shift of colors used, which creates a blurry, vibrating effect.

 

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