Vivian Springford - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips
  • "[Painting is an] attempt to identify with the universal whole… I want to find my own small plot or pattern of energy that will express the inner me in terms of rhythmic movement and color. The expansive center of the universe, of the stars, and of nature is my constant challenge in abstract terms."
    —Vivian Springford

    • Provenance

      Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Vivian Springford

      Vivian Springford (b. 1913-2003) is associated with the Abstract Expressionist and Color Field movements of the 1950s-1970s in the United States. Springford retreated from public life in the 1980s as she lost her eyesight due to macular degeneration. Springford shared a studio with Chinese-American artist and poet Walasse Ting for nearly 10 years, and she would credit him with introducing her to Chinese calligraphy —a major influence on her early work. Her abstract style transformed over her career from gestural drip paintings to canvases stained with watery pools of color that call to mind fellow AbEx artists like Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis.

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signed and dated "V. Springford 1984" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
44 1/4 x 43 3/4 in. (112.4 x 111.1 cm)
Painted in 1984.

Full Cataloguing

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $144,900

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022