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César Domela, Composition Néo-Plastique No. 5., 1926 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York.
César Domela, Composition Néo-Plastique No. 5., 1926 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York.
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Sotheby's to Honor 100 Years of De Stijl in New York City

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 17 October 2017
On October 19, Sotheby’s New York will unveil a new exhibition dedicated to all things De Stijl in celebration of the avant-garde art and design movement’s centennial.

The only forthcoming exhibition of its kind in the United States, Iconoplastic: 100 Years of De Stijl will honor 100 years of the pioneering modernist movement co-founded by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg in 1917.

Marlow Moss, Composition Yellow, Blue, Black, Red And White
. Signed Marlow Moss and dated 1956-57
Marlow Moss, Composition Yellow, Blue, Black, Red And White
. Signed Marlow Moss and dated 1956-57 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York.

Characterized by clean lines, geometric shapes, and primary color-blocking, De Stijl (also known as Neo-Plasticism) was an abstract Dutch movement in which concepts were distilled into their most fundamental forms. De Stijl spanned the realms of architecture, painting, sculpture, even music—and continues to serve as the foundation of contemporary art and design.

Iconoplastic, on view at Sotheby’s New York galleries on the Upper East Side, will trace the contributions of the movement’s original practitioners (including Georges Vantongerloo, Vilmos Huszár, Gerrit Rietveld, and Marlow Moss), through to mid-century New Yorkers (such as Burgoyne Diller, Ilya Bolotowsky and Charmion Von Wiegand), concluding with a survey of modern and contemporary masters (from Kenneth Noland to Vik Muniz) who adapted De Stijl principles for their recent and present-day practices.

Fritz Glarner, Relational Painting NO. 63. Signed Glarner and dated 1953
Fritz Glarner, Relational Painting NO. 63. Signed Glarner and dated 1953 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York

“New York has been and continues to be a major inspiration to many artists of the movement, and we feel privileged to be the only gallery in the United States that is currently holding an exhibition dedicated to the anniversary,” says Julian Dawes, Vice President of Private Sales and Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sales.

“By bringing together nearly sixty works by artists that are represented by 10 countries, the show demonstrates the dissemination of Mondrian’s style around the world,” Dawes continues. “In the last three to five years, there has been appreciable uptick in the markets for all of the artists represented in our show, thus signaling that this precise aesthetic is one that the market and collectors continue to demand.”

Jesús Rafael Soto Ambivalence New York K. Signed Soto, inscribed “AMB. N.Y.K” and dated 1984
Jesús Rafael Soto Ambivalence New York K. Signed Soto, inscribed “AMB. N.Y.K” and dated 1984 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York.

Iconoplastic: 100 Years of De Stijl will go on view at Sotheby’s New York galleries, 1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021 from October 19–December 8, 2017.