Waddington’s Sculpture & Space Auction

June 12 – 17, 2021

Sculpture and Space is organized around—but not limited to—three-dimensional artworks and the spaces they occupy. The auction includes public art maquettes by artists Adad Hannah, Shayne Dark and Jed Lind, providing collectors with a unique opportunity to acquire a small piece of a city’s placemaking efforts.

Sculptures by Jesús Rafael Soto, Seff Weidl, Yvarel (Jean-Pierre Vasarely), and brothers Andreas and Yosef Drenters are also offered alongside works by Val Bertoia, including one of his “Sounding Sculptures.” Kinetic, bronze, metal, stone, wall sculptures and mixed media works are all represented in this auction.

Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005), Venezuelan


Acrylic, plexiglass and metal rods with nylon strings; signed and numbered 92/100 to the base
20 in x 12 in x 8 in; 50.8 cm x 30.5 cm x 20.3 cm
Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Jesús Rafael Soto was a Venezuelan Op and Kinetic artist whose artistic presence is deeply embedded in global art history. In Caracas, he was at the centre of the modern art scene with other important artists such as Omar Carreño, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Mercedes Pardo and Alejandro Otero, all of whom attended La Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Artes Aplicadas (Plastic and Applied Arts School). After graduating in 1947, Soto moved to Paris where he connected with the Nouveau Réalistes (New Realists), and with Yaacov Agam, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely.

Soto’s name was permanently etched into the Western canon in 1955 with his participation in the ground-breaking group exhibition “Le mouvement (The Movement),” which thrust Kinetic art onto the global centre stage. By the 1960s, Soto expanded his practice to include the making of linear, kinetic constructions that embodied the movement’s most important elements of motion, space, and time.

In 1973, Jesús Soto opened the Museo de arte moderno in his hometown of Ciudad de Bolívar, which houses a substantial collection of his work, as well as those who influenced him. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of major institutions, such as Tate (London), Museum Ludwig (Germany), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Roma) and MoMA (New York).

Yvaral (Jean-Pierre Vasarely) (1934-2002), French


Relief sculpture, with screen print in white on a painted blue wooden panel, with metal tubes and elastic string. An unsigned proof, aside from the edition of about 50, published by Éditions Denise René, Paris
24.25 in x 24.25 in x 9.5 in; 61.6 cm x 61.6 cm x 24.1 cm
Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Yvaral, the son of Op art pioneer Victor Vasarely, was a French artist best known for producing optical and kinetic art derived from computer programming and is recognized for coining the term ‘Numerical Art’ in 1975. This new art-making process was at the cutting edge of technology, coinciding with the advent of personal computers. Yvaral used computers to digitally manipulate images based on algorithms, or ‘numerical’ formulas, as the foundation for his artwork, but then produced the finished work either though painting or sculpture. These technological underpinnings can be witnessed in all of his work, providing a link between the digital and physical.

Jed Lind (b.1978), Canadian


Waterjet cut 1.25” cold rolled plate steel on stainless steel base; signed in marker under base
Including base 18.75 in x 11.75 in x 6.5 in; 47.6 cm x 29.8 cm x 16.5 cm
Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Jed Lind is a Los-Angeles based Canadian artist whose practice ranges from photography to large-scale sculpture. His exploration with various media has allowed him to tease out notions related to the eternal and the universal.

This maquette was created for the permanent outdoor sculpture “Mariner” at Yorkland Road and Sheppard Avenue East in Toronto, Canada. Lind explained, “the structure symbolizes a vessel that contains our emotions ranging from hope and despair, but ultimately to possibilities.” Visually reminiscent of Armand Vaillancourt’s vertical wood sculptures, yet executed with technical definitude, Lind’s maquette for “Mariner” sheds light on the highly involved design and fabrication process for the finished sculpture which comprises approximately 1,200 uniquely shaped perforations that were precisely drawn to prepare for fabrication.

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