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Mario Merz

Untitled, 1988

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Etching, sugar lift, drypoint, aquatint
on Hahnemühle 300 g/m2,
bound in the magazine,
image size: 16 x 10” (40,8 x 25,5 cm),
printed by Peter Kneubühler, Zurich,
Ed. 100/XXIX, signed and numbered

Urban Eskimo. Inventor’s doodle or cosmologist’s scheme, explorer’s map or architect’s sketch—this etching follows as part of the artist’s ongoing obsession with the forms of nomadic shelter.


“The work of Mario Merz leaves the impression of a compulsive urge toward transcendence. On the one hand, he is himself a kind of Second Coming, considerably less glorious than was anticipated, bringing confirmation of another postponement in the offing, a third and fourth and fifth Coming. On the other hand, he is the last futurist left standing in the wake of a future that has exhausted itself in an orgy of big bangs.” Jeanne Silverthorne Parkett No. 15, 1988