Jannis Kounellis, born in 1936 in Piraeus (Greece), lived and worked in Rome (died in 2017). Along with artists like Beuys, M. Merz, Morris and Serra, he is part of a second wave of modernists who, in the 60s, radically expanded our vision of fine art with a new iconography of materials. As a pioneering figure of arte povera, Kounellis used "poor" materials - relics and fragments of Mediterranean history and everyday life - placing these objects in often startling juxtapositions, to create a new poetic context. Kounellis conjures a 20th century version of the mythic village blacksmith, forging his environments with wood, coal, iron and fire.
Untitled (Wall Work) 1993 From Wall Works Two steel I-beams and two pairs of shoes mounted on a wall. I-beam 12 x 6 (5 x 2½ ") cross section, length according to the wall. Limited to 10 installations, with a signed and numbered certificate.
Senza titolo (Trittico) 1998 From the portfolio Sequences Three lithographs, printed from one stone on Sicars rag paper with collaged newspaper, folded and printed over with a second stone. Each print 50 x 40 cm (19¾ x 15¾"), each signed and numbered. Edition of 60.
Edizione notturna 1987 From the portfolio For Joseph Beuys Page of newspaper mounted on rag paper, with collage of two collotype / silkscreen prints, 76 x 57 cm. Edition of 90 + XXX, signed and numbered, and 10 Artist Proofs, signed, not numbered.