Lot 7038: Hand Foot Sculpture PEDRO FRIEDEBERG 14" Rare Original Signed Gilt Gold Leaf Carved Wood Mexican American Surrealist Artist Furniture Designer
November 27, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Details: This iconic wood and gold-leaf hand and foot sculpture by the celebrated Mexican-American artist Pedro Friedeberg measures approx. 14"x12" overall and is boldly signed on the base.
Friedeberg (b. 1936) works in a richly detailed, surreal and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is part of a group of Mexcian surrealists that also includes Mathias Goeritz, Alice Rahon, and Leonora Carrington, Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961 and has since created numerous iterations, with some functional examples fetching in excess of $25,000 in retail marketplaces.
Notable permanent collections include MoMA, MoCA Chicago, and the Library of Congress, as well as numerous institutions in Mexico.
Friedeberg is also famous for being an eccentric character, as evidenced by this description of his typical workweek: "I get up at the crack of noon and, after watering my piraas, I breakfast off things Corinthian. Later in the day I partake in an Ionic lunch followed by a Doric nap. On Tuesdays I sketch a volute or two, and perhaps a pediment, if the mood overtakes me. Wednesday I have set aside for anti-meditation. On Thursdays I usually relax whereas on Friday I write autobiographies."
Please attend our live auction to inspect this and other distinctive Friedeberg objects.
Condition / Notes: This rare original object shows beautifully with the slightly idiosyncratic patina typical of Friedeberg's work.
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