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josip vanista

 

Josip Vanista's biography by the Museum of Avant-Garde, Zagreb, Croatia.

 

 

Josip VANISTA


La Description. 1964



Josip VANISTA: La Description. 1964

 

Typewiting on paper.

28.7 x 20.6 cm (11 1/2 x 8 1/4")

Dematerialization of the J. Vanista's painting "The Silver Line" (1964):
The work presented here consists simply in a single sheet of A4 paper with only a typed text in Croatian language on one side, describing the painting.

Translation of the text into English:

A canvas in horizontal format
width 180 cm, height 140 cm.
A silver line in the center of the canvas
/ width 180 cm, height 3 cm /

1964

A few copies of this work have been created by J. Vanista.
Each is unique, originally typed by J. Vanista with the same typewriter.

One of them is in the MoMA's collection:
Vanista: La Description

Signature:
As usual, this work is signed by hand on a paper label also containing the typed description of the work in Croatian, pasted on the back on the wooden frame:

Vanista-Description-Signature

Translation into English of the text on the paper label:

Josip Vanista: Picture. Description.
Text typewritten on paper, 1964
Feb. 28,7 cm x 20,4 cm


Provenance:
Acquired from the artist by a private collector.

Condition: Excellent.

Framed.        

 

Successive stages of the dematerialization of the work:

- 1959: at the origin, a drawing of a more or less abstract landscape, then the photograph of this drawing exhibited in a show with two others.
- 1959-1964: overpainting: the photograph of the drawing is covered with a thin layer of white paint and bisected it horizontally with a ruler-drawn black line.
- 1964: the painting, the silver line on white background, disappears, existing then only in this form, its own description, a typed text on a paper sheet.

 

Literature:

Excerpts form Josip Vanista: "The Endless Line", (MoMA):

J. Vanista: “The line appears at the very beginning of my work, on the first drawings and paintings. It appeared in its most radical form between 1962 and 1964, as a silver line on a white background or a black line on a gray background. It was shown at an exhibition reduced to only the typed description, ‘A silver line on a white background, height 3 cm, length 180 cm, canvas size 140 x 180 cm,’ dematerialized and developed into a concept. This was in about 1964.
(...)
Christian Rettemeyer:
"Translation, repetition, dematerialization. Collectively, these works transform a radical (albeit modernist) gesture of pictorial abstraction and change its purpose, meaning, and thrust. The painted photograph úbermalung still insists on the continuity between landscape and Vanista’s single horizontal line, the latter a remnant of the former, wrought from it through processes of removal and reduction. The drawings, paintings, and collages, repetitions of the same or similar gesture of the horizontal line, establish a repertoire of variations. But the typewritten text transforms the exercise on a single line into its idea; the written description conjures a transformation from object to definition, from abstraction to concept, from material to immaterial. It is tempting to situate Vanista’s horizontal lines within a field of similar conceptual trajectories and instruction-based artworks that occur around the same time in the West and elsewhere: they share characteristics with Roman Opalka’s Details (begun in 1965), Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs (1965), and Sol LeWitt’s Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969)."

See the MoMA's page where these excerpts come from: MoMA, Vanista

 

 

 

Josip VANISTA


The Silver Line on a White Background. 1964-1996

 

Josip VANISTA Silver Line on a White Background

 

Oil, acrylic on canvas

140 x 180 cm.

Titled, dated and signed in black felt-tip pen on a paper label pasted on the wooden stretcher on the back.

 
Josip VANISTA Silver Line on a White Background

Translation into English of the text on the paper label:
"Silver line on a white blackground 1964 140 x 180", signed J. Vanista.

Also signed on the wooden stretcher:

 Josip VANISTA Silver Line on a White Background

 

Created in 1964, this work has been made at most ten times, this one being probably from 1996.

Provenance: acquired from the artist by a private collector.

Certificate:

Handwritten certificate by Josip Vanista in Croatian (coming with its translation into English by a certified court interpreter): "I hereby certify that the oil on canvas, SILVER LINE, 180/140 cm, from 1964, is my work" and J. Vanista's signature.
 
Certificate by Iva Korbler, art historian, curator and AICA international member, coming with its translation into English by a certified court interpreter.

 

Literature

Branka Stipancic: "The time of Gorgona and Post-Gorgona", Zagreb, 2007, front page and pages 18; 19; 135; 137; 139; 184.
"Abolition of retrospective", Zagreb, 2013., on pages 106; 182; 189. 
"Skizzenbuch 1932. - 2010 behind the open door" from Josip Vanista, Zagreb 2010, pages 273. "Olovka, kreda, project, izdanja 1948-2008", Zagreb, 2009. on pages 12 and 33.
Zvonko Tonkovic, "Josip Vanista", Naprijed, 1993, reproduced p. 41.

Exhibitions of The Silver Line on a White Background:

- 1965 - Josip Vanista, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 1965. (Silver Line on a White Background, 1964)
- 1967 - Djela Gorgonasa na izlozbi 3. jugoslavensko trijenale likovnih umjetnosti, Beograd (Srebrna linija na bijeloj pozadini i Crna linija na bijeloj pozadini, ulje na platnu, 1965)
- 1997 - Biennale di Venezia, Villa Pisani, "Gorgona, Gorgonesco, Gorgonico" (Silver Line on a White Background)
- 2006 - Josip Vanista, Mala galerija, Ljubljana, (Silver Line on a White Background and Black Line on a White Background.)
- 2010 - Gorgona, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Frieze Art Fair, London, October, (Silver line, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 180 cm)
- 2010 - Josip Vanista, Vrijeme Gorgone i Postgorgone, Gliptoteka, Zagreb, 18.12.2010 - 31.01.2011 (Silver Line on a White Background)
- 2011 - Gorgona, Galerie Frank Elbaz, (text from 196., Silver Line, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 180 cm)
- 2013 - Josip Vanista, Abolition of retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (Silver Line on a White Background)
- 2014 - Carre
d'Art - Nimes Museum of Contemporary Art, October 17th 2014  - January 11th 2015, (Silver Line on a White Background, 1965, oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm. vl. Muzej Macura, Novi Banovci).

 

Front view Josip VANISTA   The Silver Line on a White Background



 

 

 

 

Josip VANISTA


Bez Naslova (Without Title). 1964-1996

 

Josip Vanista Bez Naslova (Without Title)

 

Oil, acrylic on canvas

180 x 140 cm

Titled, dated and signed in black felt-tip pen on a paper label pasted on the wooden stretcher on the back.

 Josip Vanista Bez Naslova (Without Title)

 Also dated and signed on the wooden stretcher:

Josip Vanista Bez Naslova (Without Title)

 

Created in 1964, this work has been made a few times for several years, this one being from probably 1996.

Provenance: acquired from the artist by a private collector.

Certificate:

Certificate by J. Vanista, handwritten in Croatian and signed.
Translation of the Vanisa's handwritten certificate into English by Srdan Telenta, court interpreter: "I hereby confirm that oil on canvas WITHOUT TITLE 180/140 cm 1964. is my work." Signed J. Vanista, 4. X 2015.

Certificate of authenticity by Iva Korbler, art historian, curator and AICA international member, coming with its translation into English by Ivana Jugovac, certified court interpreter.

 

 

 

 


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