Ross Bleckner - 20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York New York Thursday, December 7, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leonard Rosenberg Fine Art, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, An Ode to Gardens and Flowers, May 10–August 9, 1992, pp. 28, 76 (illustrated, p. 28)
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Ross Bleckner, March 3–May 14, 1995, nos. 106, 119, pp. 201, 203-204 ((ii) exhibited and illustrated, p. 201, (iii) exhibited and illustrated, p. 203)

  • Literature

    Helen A. Harrison, "Art Review: 'Flowers' and Modern Masters," The New York Times, June 28, 1992, Section 13LI, p. 15

  • 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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Three works: (i-iii) Untitled

(i-ii) signed and dated "Ross Bleckner 1/1988" on the reverse
(iii) signed and dated "2/19/88 Ross Bleckner" on the reverse

watercolor and gouache on paper
each 16 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. (41 x 30.8 cm)
Executed in 1988.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $8,890

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20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York

7 - 14 December 2023