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$ 2,500

Mod Figures

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Mixed media on board
W. 23.5 in; H. 38 in;
W. 59.69 cm; H. 96.52 cm;
Condition Good. good condition with minor rippling and slight fading
Creation Date 1957
Description Considered the most avid Bauhaus proponent in the United States during the 1930's and 40's, Irene Rice Pereira's oeuvre reflects her commitment to machine-age materials and a philosophy that called for a merging of technology and the transcendental. (Smithsonian Archives) Her works emphasize the importance of light, space and its continuum; ideas inherent throughout Pereira's entire oeuvre.

Pereira's industrial-influenced works of the early 30's clearly recall Sheeler and Demuth, with their focal point on man versus the machine age, while also reflecting tendencies seen in the work of Leger, with bright, bold, flat color planes outlined by thick, black, contoured lines.

As a founding member of the Design Laboratory in New York, an environment which encouraged experimentation with all art forms and mediums, Pereira developed her most intricate qualities of dimension in her glass works beginning in 1939. The illusionistic three-dimensional quality of these created a responsive and independent movement between light and color; a transcendence of space. These compositions are rare and highly sought after.

Yet, Pereira's works from the 1950's and 1960's are thought to be her most comprehensive and successful attempts at creating works which were both technically satisfying and philosophically transcendental. These works represent Pereira's newly developed vocabulary, one in which philosophy and geometric symbolism was used in place of visually interpretable objects.

In addition to her work with the Design Laboratory, Pereira was also an early member of the American Abstract Artist's, a group dedicated to the promotion of abstract art and was awarded retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in 1946 and The Whitney in 1953. Her work is included in the permanent collections of a number of museums including the Metropolitan, Smithsonian, Guggenheim and Whitney.
Styles / Movements Modernism
Incollect Reference Number 352492
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