David Tunick Inc.

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For MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK David Tunick is featuring a very important pencil drawing by Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) Celestial Orbit – Study. Giacomo Balla was a founder of the Futurist movement and particularly concerned with light and movement. His personal interest in scientific methods contributed to the practical and ideological bases of Futurism, but his own approach was highly individual. He achieved the representation of light and pulsation, of speed and movement in a way that captured the most transitory of effects in superb abstractions.

Tunick says, “Between 1913 and 1914 Balla formulated the idea of representing speed by using essential lines, unstable and increasingly abstract rhythms…. Straight lines were replaced by curves, ellipses and spirals in an uninterrupted sequence of dynamic solutions; Balla visualized the effects of whirling or centrifugal movement, sometimes seen in expansion, sometimes in ascension.” (P. Pacini, The Dictionary of Art , ed. Jane Turner, vol. 3, London, 1996, pp. 114-15.)

“The title of the drawing, Celestial Orbit, refers to the curved path, usually elliptical, of a celestial body around another celestial body. We cannot be sure whether Balla named the drawing or whether the additional word in the title, “Study”, meant it was preparatory for or was surmised to be related to the only painting of the same title in Balla’s oeuvre (Lista 309, 1913) or possibly to another painting that shares closer similarities with the drawing, Tutto simuove (Lista 304, 1913). All are plausible. What is known is that Balla’s scientific interests extended to astronomy, and there were publications that he and the other Futurists subscribed to such as Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe, a hypothesis focused on kinetic work and movements of a rotary type. (G. Lista, Giacomo Balla , Turin, 1982, p. 67) Whatever its inspiration, the present drawing is from Balla’s most creative period, and it brilliantly defines his Futurist paradigm. A major graphic work by Balla, it has been in the same private collection since it last traded more than 50 years ago. Futurist works on paper of this importance rarely come on the market.” Exhibited: Torino, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Giacomo Balla , a cura di E. Crispolti, 1963, n. 114

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Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
On the Blue Swamp
Watercolor on paper
780 x 580 mm. (30 3/4 x 22 7/8 in.)
Signed and dated “Calder ‘66”, lower right corner
Provenance: Perls Galleries, New York
1966 to
Private collection, U.S.A.
2018 to
David Tunick, Inc., New York

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Trois Personnages
Collage and gouache on paper
425 x 598 mm. (16 3/4 x 23 1/2 in.)
Signed and dated in the lower center, “J.D. 65”.

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Master Drawings New York 2019

Saturday 26 January to Saturday 2 February 2019

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Friday 25 January, 4-8pm

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Sunday 28 January
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