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Vaclav Pozarek, Drei Neon (Three Neon), 1988, wood, 9 7⁄8 × 29 1⁄2 × 29 1⁄2".

Vaclav Pozarek, Drei Neon (Three Neon), 1988, wood, 9 7⁄8 × 29 1⁄2 × 29 1⁄2".

Vaclav Pozarek

Galerie Francesca Pia

According to his genial Swiss gallerist, Gianfranco Verna, Donald Judd had to be dissuaded from assaulting a group of children who were playing inside one of his sculptures at the Basel outdoor exhibition “Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert” (Sculpture in the Twentieth Century) in the summer of 1984. The furious artist could not believe that the Swiss would respond to his work by playing in it, but they did.

Vaclav Pozarek, although at the time already well into his forties, could be imagined as one of those who played. The work of this Czech-born artist who has lived in Switzerland for about half a century is scholastic in its sensitivity to the history of art. His pieces are made possible by a deep understanding of sculpture from the Baroque to Anthony Caro. And yet the tradition in which he dwells is something he has so much fun with. Humor is not a major reference point in the (mostly German)

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