Registered in the Archivio Arnaldo Pomorodo, Milan (no. AP 351a)
Arnaldo Pomodoro, an artist of international acclaim, is widely regarded as Italy’s greatest post-war avant-garde sculptor. In creating his iconic reliefs Pomodoro was heavily influenced by Constantin Brancusi, the“patriarch of modern sculpture”, adapting his clean, smooth sculptures and "reverting them" to a previous, almost “archaic state”.
Pomodoro is a globally recognized sculptor with important solo exhibitions in New York, Japan, France, Brazil, Germany, among others. He has won such prestigious awards as the Carnegie Institute International prize in 1967 and the Henry Moore Grand Prize in Japan in 1981. Along with being one of the twentieth century’s most important sculptors, Pomodoro is also renowned for his stage designs, teaching in numerous universities and being the founder of the Continuità Group in Italy in 1961-62.
In Low Relief the clean lines of the sculpture's silver and chrome finished stanchion contrasts with the showcased relief that recalls the perforated and demarcated surfaces of ancient obelisks from Egypt and Rome. In a way Pomodoro has created a "double sculpture". Pomodoro has succeeded in taking an ancient form and translating it into a modern abstraction that lures us in. Markings that recall ancient hieroglyphic or Etruscan script forms now can be seen as contemporary technological code. In creating Low Relief Pomodoro has drawn on his "architect's sense of scale, volume and proportion; (his) set designer's feel for drama, presentation, and narrative; and (his) jeweler's facility with metal and devotion to detail" to create an enigmatic construction with its positive and negative spaces, puzzling symbols, suggestive marks, and cross-hatchings that recall the past but are also both modern and contemporary in feeling.