Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Roman Opałka. Detail, 1676723-1679589, 1965

Jest to jeden z wczesniejszych Obrazów liczonych Romana Opałki. Za życia artysty jedni stawiali go na piedestale a inni (np. Andrzej Osęka) porównywali jego obrazy do książki telefonicznej, też pełnych cyfr. Obecnie, mało kto pamięta kim jest Osęka za to wielu wie kim był Roman Opałka.

Lot 478. ROMAN OPALKA (1931-2011). OPALKA 1965/1-8 Detail, 1676723-1679589, signed, titled and numbered ‘OPALKA 1965/1-8 DETAIL, 1676723-1679589 25’ (on the reverse), ink on paper 13 x 9½in. (33 x 24cm.). Executed according to an artistic program conceived in 1965. Provenance: John Weber Gallery, New York. Galerie Art in Progress, Munich. Acquired from the above by the present owner. Literature: R. Opalka, Opalka 1965 /1-8, Milan 1975 (illustrated, unpaged). Exhibited: Cologne, Galerie Teufel, Konstruktion – Struktur – Konstellation, 1980. Dunkirk, École Supérieure d’Art, OPALKA 1965 /1-8, 1990. Estimate GBP 40,000 – GBP 60,000. Christie’s. 03/25/21

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Roman Opałka. DETAIL- 5462920 – 5480388

Detal 5462920 – 5480388, zlewającego się już tła z numeracją, namalowany juz pod koniec życia artysty. Ostatni z numerów jaki arysta namalowaŁ to 5 607 249. Seria miała zakończyć się numerem 7 777 777. Życie artysty okazało się za krótkie.

Roman Opałka. DETAIL- 5462920 – 5480388 (Powiększenie)

Lot 52. Roman Opalka (1931-2011. Exécuté selon un programme artistique conçu en 1965.Signed, titled and dated ‘”OPALKA 1965/1-8 DETAIL- 5462920 – 5480388“’ (on the reverse), acrylic on canvas, ). 196 x 135 cm. Executed according to an artistic program conceived in 1965. Provenance: Collection Claude Berri, Paris. Collection particulière, Paris. Exhibited:

Les Mesnuls, Fondation Danièle et Florence Guerlain, Éternelles vanités, juin – septembre 2004.
Mouans-Sartoux, Espace de l’art concret- Donation Albers-Honegger, Avant-gardes polonaises, hier et aujourd’hui [Hiller, Kobro, Peiper, Przybos, Stazewski, Strzeminski, Drózdz, Flicinski, Myslowski, Opalka], octobre 2004 – janvier 2005.
Bergamo, église Sant’Agostino, Visioni. 20 artisti a Sant’Agostino, Bergamo, avril – juin 2005.

Estimate 250,000 – 350,000 euro. Christie’s. 12/05/20. Sold 704,000 euro

 “Grey is not a symbolical colour, it has become for me the colour of invisible movement. Against this grey background there is my life: the opposite of cold indifferent colours. It is the colour of my pictorial sacrifice, displayed by the unfolding concept, its movement and time. As the opposite poles, at the extreme ends of the black in the first Détail, and of the white on white are the sufmato of one’s existence: colours can become mortally emotional.”
Roman Opalka
In 1965, Roman Opalka began the herculean task of painting infinity. Applying white paint to canvases primed in black, the artist commenced writing numbers successively, starting at the top left corner until having covered the whole picture plain. Opalka eventually added another step in his existential equation, adding one percent of white paint to the background of each new Détail, marking the irreversible passage of time and aspiring towards the quintessential disappearance of the white numbers atop the white background. As Opalka always worked standing, raising or lowering the easel according to the painting’s stage, his posture spoke both to the verticality of his painting and his own bodily relationship with the numbers. His person was inherently entrenched in the work, translating a fundamentally human endeavour to grasp the intangible. In 2008, the artist exceeded the 5 million mark, as his canvases steadily flirted with the monochrome. Détail 1965 / 1 – 8, painted towards the end of his career thusly tends towards ‘white/light’. Opalka’s journey to depict time through the medium of painting effectively found a material close through the artist’s death in 2011, as both the painter and the numbers dissipated. His artistic integrity lives on in his Détails, impressive momento moris of a conceptual nature.

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Roman Opałka. 1 – 8 DETAIL 5286842 – 5302004

Obrazy liczone to zmaganie się Romana Opałki z upływem czasu. Artysta rozpoczął malowanie na czarnym płótnie białą farbą po czym kolenje prace miały coraz bardziej rozbielane tło. Komplementarna do obrazu była fotografia artysty robiona zaraz po jego skończeniu – tej nie ma w przypadku Detalu 5286842 – 5302004. Artysta miał zamiar zakończyć tę serię prac na numerze 7 777 777 lecz zmarł wczesniej. Prace Opałki są drogie a cena estymacyjna podana w Christie’s wygląda na zachowawczą. Poniżej powiększenie fragment obrazu.

Roman Opałka. 1 – 8 DETAIL 5286842 – 5302004. Powiększenie

Lot 24. Roman Opalka (1931-2011), signed, titled and dated ‘OPALKA 1965 / “1 – 8 DETAIL 5286842 – 5302004“’ (on the reverse), acrylic on canvas, 77 1/8 x 53 1/8 in. Executed according to an artistic program conceived in 1965. Provenance: Collection Claude Berri, Paris. Collection particulière, Paris. Estimate 250,000 – 350,000 euro. Christie’s. 10/22/20

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Roman Opałka. Halszka, 1954

Lot 27. Roman OPALKA [franco-polonais] (1931-2011). Halszka, 1954. Encre sur papier. Signée et datée en bas à droite. 100 x 89 cm. Bibliographie : Katalog wczesnych prac, Roman Opalka, Fundacja Roman Opalka, reproduit p. 12, n° 22. Estimate 3,000 – 5,000 euro. Ader. 12/13/19

Dwie prace Romana Opałki z początków lat 50-tych XX wieku.


Roman Opałka. Étude de dessin, 1953

Lot 28. Roman OPALKA [franco-polonais] (1931-2011). Étude de dessin, 1953. Encre sur papier. Signée et datée en bas à droite. 124 x 99 cm. Bibliographie : Katalog wczesnych prac, Roman Opalka, Fundacja Roman Opalka, reproduit p. 13, n° 27. . Estimate 3,000 – 5,000 euro. Ader. 12/13/19

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Roman Opałka. Detail 3817670-3820342, 1965

Jeden z ‘obrazów liczonych’ Romana Opałki na jakich zapisywał upływanie czasu przy pomocy kolejnych liczb. Detal 3817670-3820342 został zapisany przez artystę w 1965 roku na małej kartce papieru. Opalka dodatkowo dokumentował upływ czasu wykonując aparatem fotograficznym swój portret przed i po zapisaniu kartki (lub płótna, etc). Te fotografie sprzedaje sie teraz osobno, równiez na aukcjach, za ok 10,000 euro każda. Warto zauważyć, 5-6 lat temu podobnej wielkości prace numeryczne Romana Opałki na kartce papieru były wyceniane na 30,000 40,000 euro. Ceny wzrosły, czas upływa.

Lot 197. Roman Opalka (1931-2011). Signed and titled ‘OPALKA “1965 / 1-8, Detail 3817670-3820342“‘ (on the reverse), ink on paper, 13 x 9 ½ in. Conceived in 1965. Provenance: Collection Bernard Lamarche Vadel, Paris (acquis auprès de l’artiste), Acquis auprès de celle-ci par le propriétaire actuel en 1987. Estimate 55,000 – 75,000 euro. Christie’s. 12/04/19

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

opalka

Lot 87. Roman Opalka (1931-2011)
Opalka 1665/1 – 8, DETAIL – 5470697, 1965
Tirage photographique
Signé, daté et titré au dos, Pièce unique accompagnée d’un cheveu de l’artiste, 24, 5 x 31 cm

Estimate 10,000-15,000. Piasa. 11/30/16

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Opalka

Lot 37. R. Opalka, OPALKA 1965/1 ∞ DETAIL – 4045225 – 4047928, 1965
Ink on solid woven paper
Presumably France, 1965 – unknown
Roman Opalka (1931-2011) – French-polish painter, engraver, graphic and conceptual artist
Verso signed, dated and titled with pencil „OPALKA 1965/1 – ∞ DETAIL – 4045225 – 4047928“
Sheet dimensions: 32.7 x 23.9 cm
Posterior frame: 56.5 x 47.7 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: Collection Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, France. Private collection North Rhine Westphalia. Roman Opalka was fascinated by the concept of making Time visible. His number paintings, starting from number one to infinity, are considered today classic pieces of Modern art and have been already sold for seven figure amounts in the international art market.

´´The meaning of my life rests upon senselessness, arranging logical signs, without a real objective, on the way to myself.´´ Roman Opalka
Object is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.
Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 40,000 Euro

Condition:
The sheet is good condition as consistent with age. The paper features a slight brownish tone and is mounted on a passepartout, verso fixed on two points. The sheet dimensions are 32.7 x 23.9 cm and the frame measures 56.6 x 47.5 cm.

Roman Opalka (1931-2011)

Born in Northern France, Opalka began a training as print maker at the age of 16. He went to art school in Łódź in 1949 and studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw.

In the mid 1960´s Opalk began to produce the first series paintings featuring progressive numbers. Throughout his lifetime Opalka was represented in several international exhibitions, as for instance in 1977 in Kassel´s documenta 6. Some of his most important oeuvres are today kept in the Museum of Modern Art and in the Guggenheim Foundation in New York.

Estimate 20,000-26,000 euro. Auctionata. 12/7/15

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

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Lot 752. Roman Opalka (Abbeville 1931–2011 Rome)
This lot is a accompained by a written confirmation by Michel Baudson, Association catalogue raisonné & Archives Roman Opalka

a.)
OPALKA 1965/1 “∞ Détail 2089549”
Signed, dated and titled OPALKA 1965 /1- ∞, Détail 2089549, on the reverse black and white photograph, (unique), 30,5 x 24 cm, framed(AR)

Provenance:
Galleria Melesi, Lecco (label on the reverse)
European Private Collection

Exhibition: Paris, Galerie Praz-Delavalle, 6 March – 17 April 2004
Bologna, Arte Fiera 26 – 29 January 2007
Genoa, Villa Croce, Centro per le Arti visive. Museo d’Arte contemporanea, Nostalgie. L’istante e la durata del tempo, 14 March – 25 May 2008
Lecco, Galleria Melesi, Roman Opalka, 7 February – 28 March 2009

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b.)
OPALKA 1965/1 “∞ Détail 3000798”
Signed, dated and titled OPALKA 1965/1-∞, Détail 3000798 on the reverse black and white photograph, (unique), 30,5 x 24 cm, framed(AR)

Provenance:
Galleria Melesi, Lecco (label on the reverse);
European Private Collection

Exhibition:
Lecco, Galleria Melesi, Roman Opalka 7 February – 28 March 2009, exh. cat. p. 21 with ill.

Literature:
L’uomo in bianco e nero, 9 December 2012, Università degli studi di Milano, Mimesis (ed.), Milan 2012, p. 318 with ill.

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c.)
OPALKA 1965/1 “∞ Détail 4382539”
Signed, dated and titled OPALKA 1965/1-∞, Détail 4382539 on the reverse black and white photograph, (unique), 30,5 x 24 cm, framed (AR)

Provenance:
Galleria Melesi, Lecco (label on the reverse)
European Private Collection

Exhibition:
Bologna, Arte Fiera, 26 – 29 January 2007
Genoa, Villa Croce, Centro per le Arti visive. Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Nostalgie. L’istante e la durata del Tempo, 14 March 2009 – 25 May 2008
Lecco, Galleria Melesi, Roman Opalka, 7 February – 28 March 2009, exh. cat. p. 21 with ill.

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d.)
OPALKA 1965/1 “∞ Détail 5433571”
Signed, dated and titled OPALKA 1965/1-∞, Détail 5433571 on the reverse black and white photograph, (unique), 30,5 x 24 cm, framed (AR)

Provenance:
Galleria Melesi, Lecco (label on the reverse);
European Private Collection

Exhibition:
Bologna, Arte Fiera, 26 – 29 January 2007
Genoa, Villa Croce, Centro per le Arti visive. Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Nostalgie. L’istante e la durata del tempo, 14 March – 25 May 2008
Lecco, Galleria Melesi, Roman Opalka, 7 February – 28 March 2009, exh. cat. p. 21 with ill.

Estimate 35,000-45,000 euro. Dorotheum. 11/25/15

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Opalka

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Lot 324. OPALKA, ROMAN 1931 Hocquincourt/ France. OPALKA1965 /1 – infinite detail 4045225-4047928. 1965. India ink on paper. 33 x 24 cm. Signed, dated and titled verso: OPALKA 1965/1 – infinite (signe) DETAIL-4045225-4047928. Framed.
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Estimate 40,000 – 60,000 €. Van Ham, 11/26/14

Roman Opałka (1931 – 2011)

Opalka

Lot 355. Roman Opalka (1931-2011)
1965/1- 8 DETAIL 3717791-3721122
signed, titled and dated, ‘OPALKA 1965/1- 8 DETAIL 3717791-3721122′ (on the reverse); ink on paper laid down on panel; 13 1/8 x 9½in. (33.2 x 24cm.). Estimate £30,000 – £50,000 ($48,210 – $80,350). Christies. Oct 17, 2014.

Provenance

Gallery Altair, Turin.
Galleria Melesi, Lecco.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2009.

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