Not Vital

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 14132

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Moon, 2011
stainless steel; Edition of 3
59 inches (150 cm) diameter
SW 13218

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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

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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

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Unpleasant Object, 2008
stainless steel, Edition of 5
124 x 57 x 56 1/4 inches (315 x 145 x 143 cm)
SW 10101

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Lotus Blumen, 2007
aluminum
118 x 20 x 20 inches (300 x 50 x 50 cm)
SW 07394

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300 Knives, 2004
stainless steel
132 x 164 x 10 inches (335,3 x 416,6 x 25,4 cm) overall
SW 04124 

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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

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Luge, 1997
metal, wood, plaster, Unique
37 x 20 1/2 x 13 inches (94 x 52 x 33 cm.)
SW 97233
Private Collection

Artist exhibitions

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Signs/Words
15 January – 11 April 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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EVERTON
10 September – 4 October 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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White Marble & Paint
From the Antiquity to Now
21 February – 9 March 2014
Reformierte Dorfkirche, St. Moritz
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Signs/Words
24 May 2013 - 13 July 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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Untitled (Giotto's O)
30 November 2012 - 15 February 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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十 五
3 March - 31 March 2012
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Lotus, Coffee and Stone Pine, Portraits, Snow and Boyfriend
15 September - 27 October 2007
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Exhibition
Bertozzi & Casoni, Lucio Fontana, Charles LeDray, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital
12 June - 31 August 2007
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Exhibition
7 July - 9 September 2006
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Not Vital
2 April - 1 May 2004
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Cosmologies
4 May - 30 August 2000
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Not Vital
8 September - 2 October 1999
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Sculpture
Anselmo, Boetti, Laib, Merz, Nauman, Paolini, Pistoletto, Vital, Zorio
13 September – 18 October 1997
Sperone Westwater, New York
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22 February - 22 March 1997
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Sculpture
29 April - 10 June 1995
Sperone Westwater, New York