Jannis Kounellis

Untitled

About this artwork

Like many artists of his generation, Kounellis merged traditional art forms with new performative elements. This early composition comes from a series of ‘alphabet paintings’ known as 'Alfabeti'. Including overlapping letters and arrows that create dynamic and unpredictable compositions, it takes inspiration from the spontaneous technique of the action painter, Jackson Pollock. Stencilled thickly onto a white background, the arrangement of the letters invokes a rhythm which appears to make the black marks float freely in their surrounding space. As if denoting the emergence of some new primitive language, these signs were also enacted by Kounellis himself in ritualistic performances.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Jannis KounellisGreek (1936 - 2017)
  • title:
    Untitled
  • date created:
    1960
  • materials:
    Polyvinyl acetate paint and tempera on canvas
  • measurements:
    140.90 x 230.50 x 3.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00614
  • gallery:
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Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis