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Masterstrokes of Abstract Expressionism
Our Specialists have assembled a carefully curated group of works by the Abstract Expressionist masters led by a seminal example by Franz Kline. This monumental painting, Untitled dated 1957, is arguably the most important Abstract Expressionist work by the artist to come to market in a generation. This major painting will be complemented by important paintings by Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, and Adolph Gottlieb.

We are pleased to offer important works by the New York School. Clyfford Still’s PH-915 (No. 1, 1946) was executed at the apex of his annus mirabilis. Representing both a summation of Still’s past and a window onto his future, many complex themes and traits coalesce in PH-915 (No. 1, 1946).

Mark Rothko’s canvas Black Stripe (Orange, Gold, and Black) resonates with a palpable sense of the artistic struggles that Rothko played out across the surface of his canvases for much of his life. A painting from his classic period–an upright rectangular canvas, its three stacked soft rectangles variously reflecting and absorbing light–its visual language favors materials and processes over explicit subject matter.

Representing West Coast abstraction, Richard Diebenkorn conceived one of the greatest achievements of post-war abstraction over two decades, starting in 1967, his Ocean Park series, named after the semi-industrial neighborhood in Santa Monica where he worked. An outstanding example of one of the largest formats in the series, Ocean Park #48 is one of the largest formats in the series. Its scale is essential to its expressive force, which subsumes the viewer in a manner that emphasizes not only one’s visual but also corporeal engagement.

Special Features

  1. Premier Works of Post-War Art
  2. Masterstrokes of Abstract Expressionism
  3. Pop Art Superstars
  4. Crowning Achievements of Contemporary Art
  5. The Schulhof Collection
  6. The Pincus Collection
  7. Works from the Douglas S. Cramer Collection
  8. A Constellation of Calders