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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • 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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The present lot is in very good condition. This work is comprised of oil and encaustic on canvas. There is a small area of loss located along the lower left turning edge. The four corners exhibit signs of slight wear with associated loss at the tips. The artist’s pigment application is visible throughout.

204

Untitled

1985
Oil on canvas.
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm).
Signed and dated “Ross Bleckner 1985” on the reverse.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $12,000

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York