Sophia Vari's monumental sculpture 'Double Épée' installed in New York

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Sophia Vari's monumental sculpture 'Double Épée' installed in New York
Sophia Vari, Double Épée, 1997. Bronze, black patina & yellow oil, ed. 3, 48 x 15 3/4 x 9 in. 123 x 40 x 23 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Vari's sculptures reveal themselves in a subtle and clever manner. In Double Épée she creates intricate forms that interact with themselves, the space and the viewer. Since the mid-90s when this work was created, she has used color in her monumental bronzes to contribute to the movement of her sculptures.

This spectacular large-scale sculpture epitomizes the Greek artist's vision of dimensional space, which grants her works an autonomous life. This is created from the permutation of shapes with a sense of lightness and suspension, yet resolving space and structure with an imposing bearing.

Sophia Vari is a world-renowned Greek visual artist whose monumental sculptures have been shown around the world. The integration of her work within the cities in which they are exhibited is one of Vari's main concerns. Complexity, elegance and harmony merge to become part of the destined space. Each piece exhibits the tactile quality of the patina surfaces, allowing a humanistic connection, while its majestic impact embodies a spiritual connection.

From her early representational phase to her most recent abstractions, Vari's work has been consistently characterized by its extraordinary sensuality and expressive quality. In her use of patina along with contrasting colors such as black with white, red, blue or yellow, she creates an immediate visual effect that gives her sculptures a certain presence.

The Nohra Haime Gallery will present this Fall a solo exhibition of her new reliefs in epoxy.

Born in Athens in 1940, Sophia Vari attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1958. She has exhibited widely throughout the world and has had nearly 100 one-person exhibitions. Museum exhibitions include the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; the Palazzo Bricherassio, Torino; The Ludwig Museum, Kombletz; the Pera Museum, Istanbul; and more recently, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros. Outdoor solo exhibitions of Vari's monumental sculptures have taken place in cities such as Paris, Rome, Montecarlo, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Pietrasanta, Athens, Madrid and Cartagena de Indias, among others. Sophia Vari currently lives and works in Pietrasanta, Italy.

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