Pietro Consagra

Sottilissima, 1970

  • Medium:steel
  • Dimensions:20 x 16 x 0.02 cm
  • Edition Size:9

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Sottilissima, 1970

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Consagra began this series of works in 1966. As the title suggests, this sculpture is fashioned from extremely thin metal, in fact its dimensions are the thinnest that steel can be for the structure to support itself without collapsing.

So thin is this work that the sculpture appears almost transparent, allowing the viewer to interact with it by looking through it to the surroundings beyond the spaces in the work. Embodying Consagra’s stylistic characteristics, this flat two-dimensional structure opposes the metaphysical Romanticism of Cubism, instead favouring an abstract frontality. This openness of form thus established a new conversation between viewer and work whilst taking into account the environment in which the sculpture is displayed.