9. Len Lye (1901 - 1980)
Self Portrait (With Night Tree)
Ink on Gelatin silver print
25.3 x 20.5 cm
Signed, inscribed & dated 1979 verso
est. $8,000 - 12,000
Fetched $15,000
Relative Size: Self Portrait (With Night Tree)
Relative size

Len Lye is arguably one of the twentieth century's most original artists; a one-man art movement spanning several countries and multiple media over a lifetime and beyond. As a New Zealander practicing in London during the pre- war years, and then a key figure in the post-war New York avant-garde art scene, Lye mapped a unique course through Modernism.

Lye inspires artists to dream, to innovate and to push boundaries. He also proves that an artist from New Zealand can not only be ahead of the times but can also engage the international art world and help mould the course of art history globally in a profound way. Francis Upritchard

All of a sudden it hit me - If there was such a thing as composing music, there could be such a thing as composing motion. After all, there are melodic figures, why can't there be figures of motion? - Len Lye