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  • Provenance

    ACRIA, New York

  • Literature

    Unframed: Artists Respond to AIDS, a chronicle of the art sales benefiting the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), 1993-2002, pp. 18-19 (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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Untitled (Flowers)

Hand-applied oil paint to a Metropolitan Museum of Art card, the full sheet folded (as issued).
folded 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (15.9 x 11.4 cm)
unfolded. 8 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (22.2 x 15.9 cm)

Signed, dated '4/95' and numbered '44' in black marker on the inside of the card, from the edition of 100 unique variants, published for the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, unframed.

$800 - 1,200 

Sold for $1,197

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212 940 1220

Editions Southampton

New York Auction 25 June 2022