Ross Bleckner - New Now New York Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Mary Boone Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Milwaukee Art Museum; Houston, Contemporary Art Museum; Pittsburg, The Carnegie Museum of Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ross Bleckner, March 7, 1989 - April 1, 1990, p. 27 (illustrated)
    Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, With You I Want to Live: The Gordon Locksley and Dr. George T. Shea Collection, March 23, 2009 - March 22, 2010, p. 25 (illustrated)
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Until Now: Collecting the New (c.1960-2010), April 16 - August 1, 2010 (on extended loan August 2, 2010 - October 28, 2013)

  • Literature

    Tema Celeste: Rivista D'Arte Contemporanea, no. 14, December 1987 - February 1988, cover (illustrated)

  • 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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Before and After Being Young

titled and dated ""BEFORE AND AFTER BEING YOUNG" 1987" on the reverse
oil on linen
120 x 84 in. (304.8 x 213.4 cm.)
Painted in 1987.

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $37,500

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New York Auction 26 September 2018