• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2558

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session

    9 May 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 212

    Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)
    Untitled
    signed and dated 'REINHARDT 48' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    31 7/8 x 40 in. (80.9 x 101.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1948.


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    "The one object of fifty years of abstract art' wrote Ad Reinhardt, 'is to present art-as-art and as nothing else, to make it into the one thing it is only, separating and defining it more and more, making it purer and emptier" (Reinhardt quoted in Jonathan Fineberg, Art Since 1945, Strategies of Being, London, 2000, p. 297).

    Ad Reinhardt in his New York studio, 1951. Photograph by Maurice Berezov. (c) A.E. Artworks.

    Provenance

    Private collection, New York, acquired from the artist
    Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 4 May 1993, lot 298
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner