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18 carat gold, magnet, iron beads
signed on the reverse
height 4 cm / width 2.7 cm
private collection, Athens
This lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by the artist.
Born in Greece, Takis settled in Paris in 1954. Influenced by the invention of the radar and the technological landscape of the station of Calais, Takis constructed his first Signals in 1955.
Soon, these signals became kinetic and flexible, resembling electric aerials and were shown at the first 'International Exhibition of the Plastic Arts' at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1956.
In 1961 he meets Marcel Duchamp in New York and the second will write his famous phrase for Takis ‘par consequent Takis, gai laboureur des champs magnetiques et indicateur des chemins de fer doux’
In 1966 Takis worked in London and employed 'Unlimited', Bath to produce his signals. Takis continued to make signals throughout his career.
Takis is a leader of the Kinetic movement and a precursor of Street Art Performance. Mainly working with light and magnetic energy, he gave form to the series of 'Signals', 'Music Sculptures' and 'Tele- and Hydro-Magnetic Sculptures'.
His work can be found in many public and private collections in Greece and all the leading museums internationally. Notably at the MOMA, New York, Tate Modern, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, The National Gallery, Athens, The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.