P77175 Chaos I 1972
Etching 350 × 480 (13 3/4 × 18 7/8) on Arches paper 485 × 660 (19 1/8 × 26); plate-mark 359 × 480 (14 1/8 × 18 7/8); printed by Penneguin, Paris and published by Jacques Putman, Paris in an edition of 300
Inscribed ‘Tinguely’ b.r. and ‘112/300’ b.l.
Purchased from Galerie Jacques Benador, Geneva (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Lit: ‘Parole d'artiste (Extraits d'une interview de Jean Tinguely recueillie par Charles Goerg et Rainer Michael Mason en juin 1976)’ in Jean Tinguely: Dessins et gravures pour les sculptures, exh. cat., Cabinet des estampes, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva 1976, pp.13–16
P77175 is one of a number of prints and drawings associated with the sculpture ‘Chaos I’, 1975 (repr. Geneva exh. cat., 1976, p.88), which was commissioned from the artist by J. Irwin Miller, art collector and owner of Cummings Diesel, Columbus, Indiana, where the sculpture is sited in the Civic Mall. With its almost total absence of colour and its formal vocabulary of circles and triangles, the sculpture relates back to the geometric forms of Tinguely's work of the 1950s. ‘Chaos I’ was highly sophisticated mechanically, and its construction, which began in 1973, was not complete until 1975. Tinguely explored an idea for a second sculpture in two works on paper (repr. ibid., p.113 nos…