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Jean Tinguely, Odessa, 1963, scrap, forged iron, wheel, electronic motor, and paint, Collection of Virginia Dwan. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jean Tinguely, "Odessa"

Swiss artist Jean Tinguely spent several months in Los Angeles in 1963 preparing for a Dwan Gallery exhibition, his studio a former factory rented by the dealer. Fellow artist Edward Kienholz escorted Tinguely and Virginia Dwan to a local hardware store where Tinguely gathered motors to operate his kinetic sculptures. The viewer operates Odessa by pressing a floor pedal, causing the sculpture to whir to life.