Larry Poons - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 16, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘When I was at the Museum School, I couldn't draw. I tried. But I found a way – or it found me, I suppose – where if I didn't look at the paper, and didn't look at what my hand was doing, and just looked at what I was drawing, I could do it much better than I'd ever done before. I think it was the same with Pollock too. He felt he couldn't draw, and he couldn't in the way that he felt he should. It wasn't until he realized that it's not about color being pushed into something, it's about color falling into something. Of course the only tool a painter has – or ever had – to make paintings is color. It's all color. There is no drawing in painting, just like Cézanne said. What you think is drawing is just two colors coming together, and if the colors aren't harmonious (to use Cézanne's word) then neither is the drawing, and it's a bad painting.' (Larry Poons in conversation with Robert Ayers, 2007)



Acrylic on canvas.
262.3 x 176.2 cm.(103 1/4 x 69 3/8 in).
Signed, titled and dated 'Larry Poons 1981 Cotherman' on the reverse.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £22,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

17 Oct 2009