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Lot 180: (DESIGN.) Péri, László. Group of 4 linocuts from his Space Construction series.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (DESIGN.) Péri, László. Group of 4 linocuts from his Space Construction series. 2 different designs on 4 papers. Space Construction #8. 2 linocut proofs. 325x270 mm; 12 3/4x10 5/8 inches, faint creasing. One on copper metallic paper, "oversicht, Antwerpen" penciled on verso another on cream wove paper stamped "Peri" on verso and name penciled on recto, both stamped 83 on versos * Space Construction #6. 2 linocut proofs. 385x315 mm; 15 1/4x12 1/4 inches, sheets. One on red paper, stamped "Peri," signed, with "fino" penciled on verso and with a printed stamp "06" in one corner. One on cream paper, stamped E. M. Maeyens, Antwerp on verso, penciled "Peri" on recto. [Berlin: Der Sturm], 1923
Notes: The great Hungarian Constructivist, Péri, moved to Berlin from Prague in 1921, where he created these first abstract geometric reliefs. They were exhibited in a February 1922 show with Moholy-Nagy at Der Sturm gallery, Berlin. In 1923 these 2 designs, part of the portfolio containing twelve linocuts, were published by Der Sturm Verlag. His contributions to Constructivism at the time were to challenge the surface of a wall by producing irregularly shaped reliefs which would open up new planes and explore potential for sculpture. He used color where necessary, and employed hard contour as a visual device, as seen in his collages and linoprints, which could be used to create a visual medium hovering between the relief and architecture.