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Pol Bury

Belgian, 1922–2005

Chicago [The John Hancock Building], Collage of vintage silver prints, 1970.
Chicago [The John Hancock Building], Collage of vintage silver prints, 1970.
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Inventory number: 8260

Title: Chicago [The John Hancock Building]

Date: 1970

Medium: Collage of vintage silver prints

Image size: 11¼ in (28.6 cm) high by 71/16 in (17.9 cm) wide

Description: Signed, titled and dated on the mount.

Notes: In 1962 the kinetic sculptor Pol Bury (1922-2005) began a series of photobased works called “Cinetisations” in which he cut photographs of architecture and works of art into thin strips that he reassembled to create compositions that appear to swerve, buckle, or collapse into themselves. In an interview in 1970, Bury explained, “My cinetised skyscraper reveals the slow-motion work of gravity. . . . The intervention in the image might seem to be a menacing desire to destroy, but we must see in it the wish to give an air of liberty to that which thinks itself immutable.” Teaching in Chicago in the late 1960s he made this cinetisation of the John Hancock Building.

Price: $8,500


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