Lot 136

Jesus Rafael Soto AMBIVALENCIA Sculpture, Unique, 40"H

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000

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Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Jesus Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005)
Marking(s); notes: signed twice (verso and on Denise Rene label); unica (unique); 1982
Materials: painting on wood, metal
Dimensions (H, W, D): 40.25"h, 40.25"w, 4.25"d
Additional Information: Full title of work is "Ambivalencia en el Espacio, Color 16." Labels to reverse: Editions Denise Rene, Paris, France, signed and describing the work as unique | Museu de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venezuela, registration number 035. Provenance: Artist's studio (per museum label) | Collection of Juan Gil, Barquisimeto, Venezuela | Collection of Sara Gil, Miami, Florida, by descent, Colombia circa 1999 | Collection of Nestor Arevalo, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Lot is accompanied by the letter of provenance and transfer of sale rights issued by Sara Gil, dated 3.12.2021 and 3.9.2023 respectively.

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Palm Beach Modern Auctions presents noteworthy works of art and design to the public when they are consigned with sufficient provenance and attributes/characteristics of the work are consistent with the artist. The Jesus Rafael Soto work, lot 136 in our Feb. 17 auction, has met these standards and we believe the work is as represented.

As outlined in our Terms & Conditions, Palm Beach Modern Auctions rarely works with artist foundations, especially those based in France due to the model set by France’s “droit moral,” which essentially gives authentication rights of an artist's works to the artist's estate, whether they are qualified or not. Those foundations with whom we do work have been carefully vetted ensuring that any opinion rendered is an “Arms Length” opinion. Neither Palm Beach Modern Auctions nor the consignor are under any obligation to present a work to a foundation in order to offer the work at auction. Many works by Jesus Rafael Soto and other highly collectible artists have been offered at noteworthy auction houses without a foundation authentication, including Sotheby’s, Christies and Phillips.

This lot has not been submitted to the Le Comite Soto, Paris, France. That being said, the foundation has sent an unsolicited email stating the following: “… this piece does not feature in our archives…”. Rarely are artist records/archives/Catalogues Raisonne considered complete, as those records are constantly updated as works are discovered.

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good, minor wear and abrasions to edges, general signs of age

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