Marisol. (1930–2016): Untitled, 1971
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Untitled, 1971. Cast paper, acrylic, and yarn. Hanging sculptural piece from the French-Venezuelan sculptor Marisol Escobar – known simply as Marisol. Signed and dated to the lower edge "Marisol 1971". In fine condition. 29.5 x 6 x 3.25 inches (75 x 15 x 8 cm.).
Best known for her elegant, eclectic, and poignant yet edgy figurative sculptures, Marisol's output encompasses woodcarving and sculptural assemblages, cast metal pieces, ceramics, and works on paper. Her work was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1961 “The Art of Assemblage” and she was commissioned to create three covers for TIME magazine. In 1968, she represented Venezuela at the Venice Biennale. Often grouped with pop art artists (and noted for her influence on her close friend Andy Warhol, who described her as “the first girl artist with glamor”), her work does not lend itself to neat categorization. Strains of pre-Columbian folk art and religious symbolism infuse her pieces, and her figurative assemblages feature portraits of other artists, political leaders, and movie stars.