Pavlos Dionyssopoulos (Greek, 1930-2019). Large mixed media sculptural work titled "Sales Rack I" depicting hanging clothing, ready to be sold, 1967. Signed and dated along the verso. With a label from Dayton Gallery 12. Comprised of strips of paper folded and affixed to a wooden board in the artist's iconic style.
Provenance: Distinguished corporate collection, Minnesota.
Born in Filiatra, Messinia in 1930, Pavlos would go on to study at the Athens School of Fine Arts with Y. Moralis. He studied twice in Paris on scholarships before settling there permanently. Influenced by the art movements of the 1960s and the New Realists (Nouveaux Realistes), he switched from working on canvas to using cheap, everyday materials that could be found in the new modern society. His primary material became printed paper, starting with magazines and then moving to posters, which he cut into fine strips using a machine. He laid these strips out to form undulating abstract surfaces. Eventually, these abstract forms morphed into everyday objects; flower bouquets, corsets, sandwiches, and clothes became his subjects. Often he would place these sculptures in plexiglass boxes, separating them from the real world and giving them a sense of ephemerality. And although his works were influenced by the New Realists and Pop artists, he never identified with them.
Height: 65 in x width: 65 in x depth: 5 in.
The item is structurally stable and sturdy. There are several areas of wear throughout the work including small tears and scratches. There is a long scratch that runs through the width of the artwork along the front. Several shorter scratches. There are areas of wear throughout where the paper has been bent, likely from something pressing against the paper. There are a few areas along the exterior sides of the work with stress tears. It is likely that much of the paper is toned as it was created with nonarchival materials. There are a few areas that may have losses to the paper, however, due to the nature of the work this is difficult to discern. Some wear to the chrome clothing rack, consistent with age and use. The verso is in good condition. There are several spots of dripped liquid, likely original to the artistic process. There are a few small spots of restoration along where the hangers were screwed into the top of the work. One hanger is missing. The most evident restoration is along the rightmost hanger which has been stapled into its original hole and the wood covering it is missing. It appears an adhesive was used to support several other hangers.
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