Ross Bleckner - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Mary Boone Gallery, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Sotheby's, New York, September 22, 2011, 366
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Ross Bleckner, February 11–March 20, 2010

  • 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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Half is for the Moon

signed, titled and dated "Ross Bleckner 2009 Half is for the Moon" on the reverse
oil on photographic paper mounted to aluminum
71 3/4 x 71 3/4 in. (182.2 x 182.2 cm)
Executed in 2009.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $56,700

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021