YANNIS GA¤TIS Ceramic Series: Centrifugal Profile 1975 [R/A] - x +
GaiY1975cent


CN: GaiY1975cent

MT: glazed and fired clay (Ø:21x33 / A:15x14x14 / B:12x17x17 / C:8x21x21)

TX: painted with brush at bottom of base <Ga´tis 26/100>

IL: Yannis Gaïtis: Catalogue Raisonné, p.302

CT: Dr. John S. Bailey Art Collection, Athens

CM: Yannis Gaïtis' Centrifugal Profile of 1975 is reminiscent of Renato Giuseppe Bertelli's Profilo Continuo di Mussolini of 1933, insofar as they are both glazed terracottas and represent the distinctive profile of a head rotated 360 degrees. However, where Berteli made a dynamic interpretation of the Italian dictator in polished Fascist black, Gaïtis fashioned an ultra-modern profile of his stock head in a two-color scheme glaze Gaïtis modeled on the potter's wheel a tripartite spun version of his stock head, a male profile split at the lips and wearing a bowler hat atop. For this portrait, Gaïtis followed his contemporary precepts about overpopulation and the loss of identity, employing the avant-garde concepts of Futurism to render a profile, usually a two-dimensional image, in three dimensions.

[Megakles 12/2005]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
COSTOPOULOU / GAÏTIS-CHARRAT / ZACHAROPOULOS / KARRA Yannis Gaïtis: Catalogue Raisonné 2003 J.F. Costopoulos Foundation, Athens

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