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  • Literature

    Brenda Danilowitz 192.1

  • Catalogue Essay

    Howard Mendes was born in Brooklyn, lived in Hell’s Kitchen and passed away on his 85th birthday in July 2020. Howard had a distinguished career in commercial real estate investment and community lending. He was committed to community based planning and his involvement has long been felt throughout Manhattan. Howard served as officer and director on community boards such as New York City Citizens Housing and Planning Council, New York City Settlement Housing Fund, Midtown Manhattan New York City Community Board 5, the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association and the 14th Street Union Square Business Improvement District. He was an avid traveler collecting beautiful and eclectic works of art from around the world. Other works from his collection are Jackson Pollock lot 25, Picasso lots 109, 111-112, and Louise Nevelson 183-184.

  • Artist Biography

    Josef Albers

    German-American • 1888 - 1976

    Josef Albers was a German-American artist and educator, best known for his series Homage to the Square. His rigid, geometric works focus on the interplay of color and shape, and Albers is considered one of the fathers of both Minimalism and Conceptual Art. 

    Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany, and relocated to Munich in 1919 to study at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Albers began his career as an educator at the famous Bauhaus in 1922, first as a stained glass instructor and then as a full professor in 1925. Working at the Bauhaus brought Albers into contact with many other famous artists of the period, including Kandinsky and Klee. When the Nazis forced the Bauhaus’ closure in 1933, Albers left Germany and settled permanently in the United States. 

    For ten years, Albers (and his wife, fellow artist Anni Albers) taught at Black Mountain College, a progressive school in North Carolina. Between his time there and later at Yale University, Albers taught a number of artists who would later become quite famous, including Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, Ruth Asawa and Richard Anuszkiewicz.

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Property from the Estate of Howard Mendes, New York City

201

I-S Va I, from Six Variants portfolio (D. 192.1)

1969
Screenprint in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 22 1/2 x 26 in. (57.2 x 66 cm)
S. 28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 cm)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 107/150 in pencil, published by Ives-Sillman, New Haven (with their blindstamp), framed.

Estimate
$800 - 1,200 

Sold for $2,016

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021