Ross Bleckner - Under the Influence New York Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift of the artist
    Private Collection

  • Artist Biography

    Ross Bleckner

    American • 1949

    Ross Bleckner's large-scale, almost-cosmic abstract paintings came to define a certain aesthetic era in New York in the 1980s and '90s. As much known for his celebrity friendships and Sex and the City references to his long-time relationship with gallerist Mary Boone, Bleckner is somewhat of a star, especially as the youngest artist to receive a solo retrospective at the Guggenheim at the age of 46. 

    His circular dot paintings, which serve as both activism and tribute to the disastrous impact of the AIDS empidemic on New York's gay community, are some of his most buzzed-about and recognizable works still today. However, his heydey was hardly just the '90s—with international gallery exhibitions yearly and a steady, accessible market that has held its value; in 2016, Artnet described Bleckner as an "'80s Art World 'It' Boy Having a New York Moment" when he had six shows running concurrently.

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Suite of eight paintings

oil and mixed media on canvas
each: 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm)
i) Signed, dated "Ross 2000," and dedicated on the reverse; ii) Signed, titled, and dated "The Hope for News 1996 #4 (study) Ross Bleckner" on the reverse; iii) Signed, dated "Ross Bleckner 1999," and dedicated on the reverse; iv) Signed, dated "1998 Ross," and dedicated on the reverse; vi) Annotated "graphite powder silver into dark" on the reverse; vii) Signed "Ross Bleckner" on the reverse; viii) Annotated and dated "2004 new flower new silver" on the reverse.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $32,500

Under the Influence

20 September 2012
New York