Victor Vasarely, NBC 21

Artist: Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997)
Title:NBC 21
Medium:Black and white polystyrene multiple tiles laid on wood
Image:MAX HEIGHT: 33 1/2 in (85 cm), MAX WIDTH: 8 1/4 in (21 cm)
Signature:Hand signed by Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997) in white ink in one of the black circular tiles near the base
Condition:This work is in very good condition
ID #w-2519

Historical Description

This black and white polystyrene multiple tower is published by Edition Pyra AG, Switzerland with the silver plated plaque on the underside of the sculpture; title and edition no. from 50 are hand written in black ink. Hand signed by Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997) in white paint on the face of one of the black circular tiles near the base.

Towering as an optical and beautiful geometric work, NBC 21 is one of Vasarely's polystyrene towers that appears to transform in shape from any angle at which it is viewed. Composited in such a way as to depict two concentric diamond figures that have melded together at the center, the work alternates black and white, circles and squares, to create a methodical, quantitative, minimalist work.

Discussing his thoughts on abstraction, Vasarely stated, "The celebrated transition from representational to nonrepresentational art is only one of the stages in profound transformation taking place in the plastic arts. The term 'abstract' in painting refers not to an established fact, but to an irresistible trend toward plastic creation different from the kind we already know." (Vasarely 1978, 13).

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