Themes and Variations

Basic Information

Title: Themes and Variations
Artist(s): Vera Molnar Martin Grasser
Date Created: 2023
Unframed Dimensions: 12.25 x 8.75 x 1.25 in.
Inventory ID: Molnar/Grasser-2023-01


an artist book collaboration with Vera Molnar and Martin Grasser.

signed, dated, and dedicated “to Michael and Anne” on the inside cover

printed, published, and copyrighted by Sotheby’s

justification text from the inside cover of the book:
“Themes and Variations by Vera Molnar encompasses a collection of 500 unique generative artworks. Within these works Molnar passionately explores ideas she has delved into since the late 1960’s when she first embarked upon the realm of algorithmic art. Central to her artistic expression is the seamless integration of letters as pure abstract forms, couples with her affinity for embracing disorder. This deliberate choice grants the machine a certain level of autonomy, allowing it to challenge and even contradict the predefined rules established by Molnar herself. Thus, through this exploration of a dynamic interplay between the artist and the machine, uncharted territories within her creative practice are unveiled.”


Detail images of the work

More Artworks By Vera Molnar Martin Grasser

AD.VM.AV.IA – 13

signed and numbered 3/4 lower right in graphite AD.VM.AV.IA, on the other side of the polyhedron (1514-2023) Collaboration between Vera Molnár and aurèce vettier Text and curation by Vincent Baby Based on a detail -the representation of a polyhedron- from Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Melencholia (1514), Vera Molnár and aurèce vettier have imagined an installation assisted […]

Untitled (Structure of the Quadrilateral)

no visible signature inscription in French printed in plotter ink: “Madame Janine Mayer, Nous sommes honores de saisir l’occasion de cette journee du 31 mai, 1985 por vous adresser cette oeuvre concue et executee par ordinateur. en Sorbonne, F. Molnar et le C.R.E.I.A.V.” inscription translated to English: “Mrs. Janine Mayer, We are honored to seize […]

1% Disorder

an artist book comprised of 25 offset lithographic pages containing 1 cover page, 1 index page, 1 justification statement page, 20 image pages, and 2 pages of Ancient Greek historical references. Published by Wedgepress & Cheese Layout and production by Leif Eriksson Printed by TRYCKMA, Malmo, Sweden in 1980 Edition: 500 unsigned and unnumbered text […]