The Italian Sale 2012: 5 works by Boetti will be auctioned by @ChristiesInc in London on October 11 2012. Lot 73 will be Autodisporsi (Auto-arrangement) from 1975, ink on graph paper 100x70 cm, Estimate: 35-45,000 GBP.
Autodisporsi is one of an important early group of works that Alighiero Boetti made in 1974. It comprises of a square of 121 smaller squares drawn on a single sheet of paper. Within each of these squares the artist has filled in a single smaller square inside it in accordance with the positioning of the larger square within the whole structure. As the title of the work, meaning ‘auto-arrangement’ or ‘placing oneself’ suggests, the work as a whole outlines a sequential, self-reflexive and self-determining progression. As was his repeated practice, Boetti has here created a beautiful and intriguing abstract picture, from a simple and elegant permutational system.
'Decisive… is the fact that structures (systems) have replaced pictures and that pictures obtain their meaning from structures (systems). The goal is to convey structures (systems) by constantly rediscovering them and to create pictures in such a way as to forget the structures within them.' (Alighiero Boetti, quoted in Alighiero Boetti, exh. cat., Basel, 1978, unpaged)