Blue Tender

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  • Provenance

    Collection of Vincent Melzac, Washington, D.C.
    Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Washington, D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Vincent Melzac Collection: Modernist American Art Featuring New York Abstract Expressionism and Washington Color Painting, December 18, 1970 - February 7, 1971, no. 45, p. 94
    Washington, D.C., Conner Contemporary Art, Thomas Downing: Origin of the Dot, Paintings from the Vincent Melzac Collection, September 24 - October 26, 2002, p. 19 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Blake Gopnik, "Living Colors", The Washington Post, September 29, 2002, online
    Michael Duncan, "Thomas Downing at Conner Contemporary and Howard Mehring at the Catholic University", Art in America, May 2003, p. 153 (illustrated)

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Blue Tender

signed, titled and dated "Blue Tender - Downing - 11/64" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
87 3/4 x 87 1/4 in. (222.9 x 221.6 cm.)
Painted in November 1964.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

sold for $200,000

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