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Not Vital (Swiss, b.1948)
LOT ID: 65759
Dirigerer (set of 6 works), 2004

Lithograph, 300gsm woven Arches d'Velin paper
32.25 х 47.25 in. (81.92 x 120.02 cm.)
Signed, and dated in pencil.
Print/Casting Year 2004
Edition 5/33
Foundry/Publisher World House Editions and Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagnen
Lot description
Not Vital executed five of the six lithographs from this portfolio, 'Dirigerer', meaning "conducted" in Danish, using real symphony conductor batons. With the sounds of the chosen symphony blaring throughout the workshop, the artist dipped the tips of the conductor batons into the ink and actually conducted the symphony himself by drawing on the lithograph stone. Vital used the following symphonies as inspiration for these works: Sibelius, Finlandia, Opus 26, Sibelius, Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Opus 82, Tempo molto moderato, Grieg, Peer Gynt, Opus 23, In the Wedding Garden, Grieg, Opus 23, Arabian Dance and Carl Nielsen, Maskarade, Overture. The sixth lithograph has been executed by a photo-transfer process from two metal plates adhered to the lithograph stone.

Five of the six prints are signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil by the artist, and the sixth print is signed and inscribed "TAK" in pencil by the artist. Contained in a hand-made white linen-covered portfolio case.

Often described as a nomad, artist Not Vital (b.1948) is known for his conceptual work that pushes the boundaries of art by unique materials like tea, coal, and animal remains. In all of his works Vital combines elements of his life and travels, which allows the viewer to connect with his work on an intimate level. Vita's abstract works have earned him the right to exhibit his works at numerous institutions worldwide including the Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland (2007), the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria and the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2011) among others.
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