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© Ron Arad
Title: A.Y.O.R. (At Your Own Risk) Chair
Date: 1990
Artist: Ron Arad
Israeli, born 1951
Medium: stainless steel and lead
Edition: artist's proof from edition of 20 + 5 artist's proofs
Dimensions:
36 7/8 x 19 1/4 x 20 in. (93.7 x 48.9 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Shop Fund
Object Number: 6:2006
Current Location: On View, Gallery 133E
Notes:
Among Ron Arad’s most significant furniture designs is a group of welded steel furniture treated as sculpture. The artist explains, “With the A.Y.O.R. Chair, the weighted hollow volume makes the chair tip forward so it is hardly recognizable as a chair—it only becomes a chair when you sit on it, and even then, it feels like it shouldn’t support your weight. But, magically, it does.”
Signed: on proper right side panel: Ron Arad A/P
Provenance
1990 - 1997
J. W. Tuytel (d. c.1995), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, acquired from the artist [1]

1997 - 2005
Galleria Clio Calvi Rudy Volpi, Milan, Italy, purchased from J. W. Tuytel

2005 - 2006
Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY, USA, purchased from Galleria Clio Calvi Rudy Volpi

2006 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Barry Friedman Ltd. [2]


Notes:
The main sources for this provenance are an email from Marc Benda of Barry Friedman Ltd. and notes from a conversation between Cara McCarty and Marc Benda [email from Marc Benda, January 10, 2006; email from Cara McCarty, January 10, 2006, SLAM document files].

[1] Marc Benda reports that Galleria Clio Calvi Rudy Volpi informed him that they purchased the chair from J. W. Tuytel in 1997 [email from Marc Benda, January 16, 2006, SLAM document files].

[2] Invoice from Barry Friedman Ltd., January 13, 2006 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, February 21, 2006; and the Minutes of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, April 11, 2006.
Exhibition History
Title: Sticks & Stones, One Offs & Short Runs: Ron Arad 1980-1990
Date: 1990 - 1995
Venue: Vitra Design Museum
Publication History
Title: Sticks & Stones, One Offs & Short Runs: Ron Arad 1980-1990
Publisher: Vitra Design Museum
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