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Isa Genzken

Al Dente, 2003

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Italian ceramic, lacquer, plastic,
plate with two toy figures (cow and
dinosaur), each unique and handmade
by the artist, approx. 11 13/16 x 7 7/8 x 10 1/4”
(29,7 x 20 x 26 cm),
Ed. 74/XX, signed and numbered

Survival of the tastiest: evolution in a nutshell demonstrated by the odd couple.


“Models—I wanted the pieces to be like models—are usually more fragile than some monumental metal sculpture. And people often find it very pleasing when they can still see something old, intended as a sketch, because it’s been preserved. Fragility can be a very beautiful thing, more beautiful then something that’s obviously made to last forever. It’s very important to me that the things I’m making are really by me, and not made by assistants or farmed out as commissions. Every piece is by me, made by my own hand.” Isa Genzken, interview with Michael Krajewski Parkett No. 69, 2003