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  • Provenance

    Mary Boone Gallery, New York

  • 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 Wild Years of Philosophy

1990
oil on linen
84 x 60 in. (213.4 x 152.4 cm)
Signed, titled, inscribed and dated "Ross Bleckner O/L 1990 The Wild Years of Philosophy" on the reverse.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $27,500

Contact Specialist
John McCord
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 November 2015 11am