1968, a creative year

On 19 April 2019, by Anne Doridou-Heim
Alina Szapocznikow (1926-1973), "Belly - Cushion", ca. 1968, polyurethane foam sculpture, 30 x 31 cm.
Result: €29,744

In May 1968, the wind of freedom swept through every corner of French society, art not least among them. Born in Poland but living in France, Alina Szapocznikow (1926-1973) had already been experimenting with different kinds of plastic for around 10 years. In March 1968 she wrote, “their reproducibility, lightness, colours, transparency and affordability” made them perfect for “attempts to express and capture our times”. For this "Belly - Cushion"—the human body inspired her on several occasions—she used polyurethane foam. What is represented is right there, palpable. This sculpture-object fetched €29,744. Alex Mlynarcik (born 1934), another remarkable artist, was born in Slovakia. Three of his works from the same period are here: "Épitaphe 3" (100 x 56 cm) and "Manifestations permanentes XXL" (55 x 71 cm), both from 1966, and "Mannequins", ca. 1967. The first, in wood, plastic and hair, sold for €16,016, the second, made of fur and mannequin fragments and dedicated to the French art critic Pierre Restany, for €9,152 and the last for €12,012. These prices set a new world record for Mlynarcik and renewed his top three (source: Artnet).

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