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This pearl-white un-drilled bowling ball by John Armleder comes with the original blue vinyl bowling ball bag and is an edition 23 of 24. According to the artist, more than half of this edition was inadvertently destroyed in the late 1990s. Executed in 1988, this work was published by the Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York as part of Armleder's furniture-as-sculpture project, which pushed the boundaries between art, design, and objects, combining the elements of the past with contemporary perspectives.

Involved with the Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 70s, John Armleder (b.1948) is recognized as a performance artist, painter, sculptor, and curator who has dedicated his career to challenging certain conventions in art, from artistic technique to exhibition practice. Armleder's work aims to expose and oppose our accepted understanding of art. Born in Switzerland, Armleder studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva from 1966-67. In 1969, Armleder founded the ECART Group along with Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner in Geneva. The ECART Group developed into a performance group and the Galerie Ecart, which made a name for artists such as Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol in Switzerland. His work has been exhibited throughout the world with recent shows at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, IT), Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, NL), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU), and Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), among others.

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Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Kunstmuseum (Basel, Switzerland)

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Publication: Ritschard, Claude and Charles Goerg. John M. Armleder, Furniture Sculpture, 1980-1990. 1990, Geneva, Musée Rath and Musée d’art et d’histoire, pp.76-77, no.31, illustrated (another example) Brehm, Margrit. John M. Armleder: At any speed. 1999, Ostfilidern-Ruit, Hatje Cantz, p.60, 61 and 105, illustrated (another example) Nymphius, Frederike. John M. Armleder – Pudding Overdose, 2002, Heidelberg, Kehrer Verlag, p.65, illustrated (another example)
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  • Private Collection, Connecticut
New York, Daniel Newburg Gallery, John Armleder, 1988
Berlin, Galerie Anselm Dreher, John Armleder, 1988 (another example)
Lausanne, Musée cantonal de Beaux-Arts, Dimension Petit, 1989, catalogue (another example)
Geneva, Musée Rath, John M. Armleder, Furniture Sculpture, 1980-1990, 03 May – 24 June 1990, catalogue, pp.76-77, no.31, illustrated (another example)
Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle, John M. Armleder: At any speed, 22 November 1998 – 10 January 1999 (another example)
Aargau, Holderbank, John M. Armleder: At any speed, 08 May – 25 July 1999 (another example)
  • Pickup Location: Connecticut, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 in. (25.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm.)
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