The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image, 2014


Archival Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gsm paper

11.50 x 15.00 in

29.2 x 38.1 cm

Edition of 55

Initialed and numbered by the artist in pencil on the front. This work includes a statement of authenticity from the artist.

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    About The Work

    This work, printed for ArtTable, a non-profit organization supporting women in the arts, re-imagines one of Denes' most iconic forms, a snail shaped nautilus spiraling delicately through space, as an ode to The Nautilus, a destroyed amphitheater designed by Denes. Unlike Denes' earlier, idealistic depictions of the nautilus shape, such as her "Snail Pyramid" in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, "The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image's" dark background and shimmering lines tell a different story - one of a vision unrealized. Proceeds from the sale of this work support ArtTable and its mission to support inclusion in the art world. Agnes Denes will debut a new project at The Shed in New York City in October 2019.

    “This work relates to both my Map Projections and the Pyramid Series projects, namely Map Projections: The Snail and the Snail Pyramid, which is a selfcontained, self-supporting structure for humanity from Future Cities, a series of design concepts that I created in the 1980s to address the effects of global warming. It also is an ode to a destroyed work of mine, a 100 x 129 foot amphitheater, the Nautilus, I was building in Connecticut, that the people in charge midway through its construction went ahead and dismantled with questionable excuses. The Map Projections series plays with our space in the solar system; the Snail Pyramid is a wondrous edifice to help support humanity in the age of weather changes and global warming; The Ghost of Nautilus reflects on a beautiful project destroyed before it could be born to bring pleasure to people. The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image, is rich with meaning and connotations.” 

    –Agnes Denes

     Courtesy of ArtTable

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