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Costa Coulentianos – Coffee Table

Detail Costa Coulentianos – Coffee Table

Coffee Table, circa 1960
Gilded bronze

13 H x 31.5 W x 18 D inches
33 H x 80 W x 45.7 D cm

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Costa Coulentianos

At first sight, Coulentianos's forms seen purely geometrical, but he frequently takes his inspiration from nature. His compositions have a particularly overt connection with typical Constructivist works from the high point of the movement. Their clear stylized shapes flatten the space, which is in fact a multidimensional, polysemous, esoteric area. Their dynamic, superficial elements imprint themselves on the memory, making them easily recognizable. The easily digested image they present and the fact that they require a spacious display area, make these sculptures typical examples of a capitalist art that has direct association with wealth and power. The use of color - partly as decoration and partly as a feature that distinguishes the work from traditional sculpture - is interesting, when correlated with the Hard Edge painting movement. Coulentianos' s conscious decision to paint his sculpture and to give it a different color from the material' s natural hue opens up many new possibilities: the color sometimes functions as an outer skin, helping to dispel the sense of weight and materiality, which sometimes acts as the emotional qualifier, sometimes intensifies, or even negates, the form.