Mary Bauermeister's V.I.P. (Very Important Picture) series was made between 1967 and 2017. This work dates from around 1969 and is notable in that it features the pencil forms that would appear more frequently in her later work. Most of the other works in this series use wooden spheres instead, and the pencils were "a reaction to a newspaper article in which an art critic accused her of 'only laying eggs' in her works." The present lot also incorporates a score by Bauermeister's then-partner, the famous avant-garde composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen. As the artist states, the most integral part of this series is the effect of the empty square contained within the elaborate framing.

As a child, I saw around every living being a colorful moving aura ... when my visionary childhood vanished away through schooling and teaching, when I had to learn the reduced interpretation of the world, I refused .... An ambiguity, a multi-dimensional, integral understanding: things are not either/or. They are 1 + 1 = 3. [My works] were not meant as absolute truth, they were in-between results of a thinking and feeling process.

Mary Bauermeister