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HEAD Self-Portrait, 2013

Born in 1948 in Sent, a village in the Lower Engadin region of Switzerland, Not Vital studied in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1974. Vital currently divides his time between Brazil, Chile, China, Niger and Switzerland. His works are inspired from his encounters, impressions and collaborative projects amongst different cultures around the world. Working in diverse media across sculpture, installation, paintings and drawings, Vital's works frequently blur the boundaries between reality and the surreal. The artist's work was featured in "Plateau of Humanity" at the 49th Venice Biennale, Italy (2001). Vital's major exhibitions have taken place at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2005); The Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois, (2006); KÖR Kunsthalle Wien public space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria (2009 – 2010); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2011); the Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques, Musées d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland (2014); and the Museo d'arte di Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland (2014-2015). In 2013, 700 Snowballs was on view on the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy. In autumn 2014, Vital’s Tongue will be featured in the Busan Biennale 2014, South Korea. Vital had his first solo show at Sperone Westwater in 1995 with subsequent exhibitions in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, and 2012.

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Not Vital
HEAD 5, 2013
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, edition of 3
70 3/4 x 55 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches (180 x 140 x 120 cm)
SW 14105

Not Vital
HEAD 3, 2013
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, edition of 3
69 x 49 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches (175 x 125 x 110 cm)
SW 14103

Not Vital
HEAD Self-Portrait, 2013
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, edition of 3
74 7/8 x 63 x 49 1/4 inches (190 x 160 x 125 cm)
SW 14107

Not Vital
Everton, 2014
oilstick and tape on paper
17 x 14 inches (43,2 x 35,6 cm)
23 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches (59,5 x 74 cm) frame
SW 14117

 

 

Not Vital
Everton, 2014
oilstick on paper
17 x 14 inches (43,2 x 35,6 cm)
23 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches (59,5 x 74 cm) frame
SW 14122

Not Vital
Everton, 2014
oilstick on paper
17 x 14 inches (43,2 x 35,6 cm)
23 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches (59,5 x 74 cm) frame
SW 14129

Not Vital
Moon, 2011
stainless steel
59 inches (150 cm) diameter
edition of 3
SW 13218

Not Vital
Boat, 2011
marble and plaster
20 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches (53 x 65 x 18 cm)
SW 12040

Not Vital
Piz Nair, 2011
coal, stainless steel
68 1/8 x 43 1/4 x 21 5/8 inches (173 x 110 x 55 cm)
SW 12034
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Not Vital
Unpleasant Object, 2008
stainless steel, Edition of 5
124 x 57 x 56 1/4 inches (315 x 145 x 143 cm)
SW 10101

Not Vital
Lotus Blumen, 2007
aluminum
118 x 20 x 20 inches (300 x 50 x 50 cm)
SW 07394

Not Vital
300 Knives, 2004
stainless steel
132 x 164 x 10 inches (335,3 x 416,6 x 25,4 cm) overall
SW 04124 

Not Vital
Untitled (Fuck You), 2004
stainless steel, Edition of 3
27 x 25 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches (68,6 x 64,8 x 46,4 cm)
SW 05118
Private Collection

Not Vital
Luge, 1997
metal, wood, plaster, Unique
37 x 20 1/2 x 13 inches (94 x 52 x 33 cm.)
SW 97233
Private Collection

Not Vital
HEAD 5, 2013
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, edition of 3
70 3/4 x 55 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches (180 x 140 x 120 cm)
SW 14105

Not Vital
HEAD 3, 2013
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, edition of 3
69 x 49 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches (175 x 125 x 110 cm)
SW 14103

Not Vital
HEAD Self-Portrait, 2013
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, edition of 3
74 7/8 x 63 x 49 1/4 inches (190 x 160 x 125 cm)
SW 14107

Not Vital
Everton, 2014
oilstick and tape on paper
17 x 14 inches (43,2 x 35,6 cm)
23 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches (59,5 x 74 cm) frame
SW 14117

 

 

Not Vital
Everton, 2014
oilstick on paper
17 x 14 inches (43,2 x 35,6 cm)
23 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches (59,5 x 74 cm) frame
SW 14122

Not Vital
Everton, 2014
oilstick on paper
17 x 14 inches (43,2 x 35,6 cm)
23 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches (59,5 x 74 cm) frame
SW 14129

Not Vital
Moon, 2011
stainless steel
59 inches (150 cm) diameter
edition of 3
SW 13218

Not Vital
Boat, 2011
marble and plaster
20 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches (53 x 65 x 18 cm)
SW 12040

Not Vital
Piz Nair, 2011
coal, stainless steel
68 1/8 x 43 1/4 x 21 5/8 inches (173 x 110 x 55 cm)
SW 12034
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Not Vital
Unpleasant Object, 2008
stainless steel, Edition of 5
124 x 57 x 56 1/4 inches (315 x 145 x 143 cm)
SW 10101

Not Vital
Lotus Blumen, 2007
aluminum
118 x 20 x 20 inches (300 x 50 x 50 cm)
SW 07394

Not Vital
300 Knives, 2004
stainless steel
132 x 164 x 10 inches (335,3 x 416,6 x 25,4 cm) overall
SW 04124 

Not Vital
Untitled (Fuck You), 2004
stainless steel, Edition of 3
27 x 25 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches (68,6 x 64,8 x 46,4 cm)
SW 05118
Private Collection

Not Vital
Luge, 1997
metal, wood, plaster, Unique
37 x 20 1/2 x 13 inches (94 x 52 x 33 cm.)
SW 97233
Private Collection