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Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions

ANTONIO ASIS [1932, Argentina - 2019, France]

Antonio Asis was born in Buenos Aires and began studying art at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes at the age of fourteen, where he explored abstraction and non-representational art. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Buenos Aires was an important site for the development of post-war abstraction, and Asis was an active member of its creative community. In 1956, he moved to Paris at the age of twenty-four, where he met and married Lydwine D'Andigné and established his studio where he would work for the next sixty-three years. 

In Paris, Asis joined an international circuit of artists exploring kinetic and optical or "op" art, including Yaacov Agam, Jesús Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely, among others. Surrounded by this dynamic milieu, Asis began a series of work in which he considered how the phenomenon of light could be mediated through photography. He soon began to work primarily in gouache and acrylic painting, studying the perceptual effects achieved through composition and the juxtaposition of color. As Jesús Rafael Soto noted, "Antonio Asis is one of the most authentic artists of the optical kinetic art movement. His research on the vibration and the dematerialization of the surface situate him as a pioneer of the new generation."

"Antonio Asis is one of the most authentic artists of the optical kinetic art movement. His research on the vibration and the dematerialization of the surface situate him as a pioneer of the new generation."

- Jesús Rafael Soto

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Chromatisme quadrille, 1964, Gouache on paper
Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions
Chromatisme quadrille, 1964, Gouache on paper

Chromatisme quadrille, 1964

Gouache on paper

8 1/4 x 11 1/8 in.

$9,500

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Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011., Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011.

Gouache on cardboard

7 7/16 x 7 7/16 in. / Framed: 15 x 15 x 1 5/8 in.

$7,500

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Untitled, 1954, Painting on cardboard
Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions
Untitled, 1954, Painting on cardboard

Untitled, 1954

Painting on cardboard

3 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. / Framed: 18 7/8 x 14 13/16 x 1 1/2 in.

$12,000

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Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome No 334, 1960, Gouache on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. 
Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions
Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions
Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome No 334, 1960, Gouache on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. 

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome No 334, 1960

Gouache on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. 

Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 9/16 in.

$9,500

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Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1966, Gouache on paper

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1966

Gouache on paper

11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. / Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 9/16 in.

$9,500

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Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1965, Gouache on paper
Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions
Antonio Asis: Chromatic Compositions
Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1965, Gouache on paper

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1965

Gouache on paper

11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. / Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 9/16 in.

$9,500

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Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 1960, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 1960

Gouache on cardboard

6.5 x 7 in.

$7,500

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Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2003, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2003

Gouache on cardboard

7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.

$7,500

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Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011

Gouache on cardboard

7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.

$7,500

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Chromatisme quadrille, 1964, Gouache on paper

Chromatisme quadrille, 1964

Gouache on paper

8 1/4 x 11 1/8 in.

$9,500

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011., Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011.

Gouache on cardboard

7 7/16 x 7 7/16 in. / Framed: 15 x 15 x 1 5/8 in.

$7,500

Untitled, 1954, Painting on cardboard

Untitled, 1954

Painting on cardboard

3 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. / Framed: 18 7/8 x 14 13/16 x 1 1/2 in.

$12,000

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome No 334, 1960, Gouache on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. 

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome No 334, 1960

Gouache on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. 

Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 9/16 in.

$9,500

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1966, Gouache on paper

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1966

Gouache on paper

11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. / Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 9/16 in.

$9,500

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1965, Gouache on paper

Untitled from the series Chromatisme Quadrillé Polychrome, 1965

Gouache on paper

11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. / Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 9/16 in.

$9,500

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 1960, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 1960

Gouache on cardboard

6.5 x 7 in.

$7,500

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2003, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2003

Gouache on cardboard

7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.

$7,500

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled from the series Cercles Concentriques, 2011

Gouache on cardboard

7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.

$7,500

"The idea which guided Asis at the beginning is typical of the generation of artists to which he belongs: abstraction seemed to be the requirement of modernity, but the need to develop its language, to break the yoke of the fixed, unchanging form, was even stronger, born of a different intuition about the structure of the universe that the work should reflect, and the deep-seated conviction that old abstraction was no longer capable of this."

- Arnauld Pierre

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Untitled from the series Labyrinthe Polychrome, 1985, Acrylic on wood

Untitled from the series Labyrinthe Polychrome, 1985

Acrylic on wood

19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. 

$12,000

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ST5 Ed. 38/40, 2013, Lithograph

ST5 Ed. 38/40, 2013

Lithograph

19 15/32 x 19 11/16 in.

$3,000

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Untitled, 1995, Gouache on paper

Untitled, 1995

Gouache on paper

7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

$8,000

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Untitled (blue, yellow, light purple), 1974, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled (blue, yellow, light purple), 1974

Gouache on cardboard

26 3/8 x 26 3/8 in.

$20,000

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Untitled No. 2427, 1974, Acrylic on cardboard

Untitled No. 2427, 1974

Acrylic on cardboard

26 3/4 x 26 3/4 in.

$20,000

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Cerchi ritmici No 2431, 1990, Acrylic on cardboard

Cerchi ritmici No 2431, 1990

Acrylic on cardboard

28 5/16 x 28 5/16 in.

Framed: 32 1/2 x 32 1/8 in.

$20,000

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Untitled from the series Labyrinthe Polychrome, 1985, Acrylic on wood

Untitled from the series Labyrinthe Polychrome, 1985

Acrylic on wood

19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. 

$12,000

ST5 Ed. 38/40, 2013, Lithograph

ST5 Ed. 38/40, 2013

Lithograph

19 15/32 x 19 11/16 in.

$3,000

Untitled, 1995, Gouache on paper

Untitled, 1995

Gouache on paper

7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

$8,000

Untitled (blue, yellow, light purple), 1974, Gouache on cardboard

Untitled (blue, yellow, light purple), 1974

Gouache on cardboard

26 3/8 x 26 3/8 in.

$20,000

Untitled No. 2427, 1974, Acrylic on cardboard

Untitled No. 2427, 1974

Acrylic on cardboard

26 3/4 x 26 3/4 in.

$20,000

Cerchi ritmici No 2431, 1990, Acrylic on cardboard

Cerchi ritmici No 2431, 1990

Acrylic on cardboard

28 5/16 x 28 5/16 in.

Framed: 32 1/2 x 32 1/8 in.

$20,000

Selected Public Collections

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Collection Jean et Colette Cherqui, Paris, France

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano (MACLA), La Plata, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela

Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago, Chile

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museo Nacional de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua

Museo Nacional Tres de Febrero (MUNTREF), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA