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    Sale 5389

    20th Century British Art

    16 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 3

    Sandra Blow, R.A. (1923-2006)

    Green projection

    Price Realised  

    Sandra Blow, R.A. (1923-2006)
    Green projection
    signed and dated 'Blow 1971' (on the canvas-overlap)
    acrylic and felt collage on canvas with aluminium construction, unframed
    54 x 48 in. (137.1 x 121.9 cm.)


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    In 1970, 'Blow met an architect whose enthusiasm for the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe persuaded her to break with freehand methods and experiment with rectilinear compositions created using solid projections attached to the canvas ... Blow realised that the Miesian notion of structure - the internal relationships between parts of a building and the whole - might provide a parallel for her sense of the workings of pictorial space ... Contemporary Minimalist art or discourse may also have influenced her feeling that some kind of new departure was both necessary and possible ... Blow's Minimalist experiment took the form of large square or almost square canvases painted a single colour. These were subdivided by metal attachments or bands of thin sheet metal or textile, positioned at right angles to each other and the edge of the painting' (see M. Bird, Sandra Blow, Aldershot, 2005, p. 105).

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