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Not Vital (B.1948)

 
"Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
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<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
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<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
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<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
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<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. "Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.  
<br>
<br>The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.  
<br>
<br>"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.
Tongue2008307 x 67 x 59 in.(779.78 x 170.18 x 149.86 cm) stainless steel
Provenance
Griet Dupont Gallery, Belgium, 2009
Private Collection, California
"Tongue" (2008) is a contemporary take on biomorphic abstraction, which was first popularized in the first quarter of the 20th century by artists including Jean Arp and Joan Miro. The work measures an astounding 26 feet tall and utilizes Not Vital's signature highly finished and highly polished aesthetic sense to great effect. The sculpture seems to absorb its surroundings with its mirror-like surface, an apparent contradiction because it is a modern material.

The cow tongue is a particular subject of interest for the artist, as he was licked by one once, an experience he describes as alien and shocking. Tongues are tools for tasting, a sensory experience, much like the experience of seeing a sculpture.

"Tongue" has remained in the same private collection since the creation of the work. Another example of "Tongue" (which was created in an edition of 3) was shown to great acclaim at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the United Kingdom, 21 May 2016 - 1 January 2017. Non Vital is represented in numerous museum collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.
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