Vivian Springford - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of the Artist
    Almine Rech Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owners

  • Exhibited

    New York, Almine Rech Gallery, Vivian Springford, September 12–October 20, 2018, pp. 69, 189, 190, 201 (illustrated, pp. 69, 201; installation view illustrated, pp. 189-190)
    Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, Souffler de son souffle, November 27, 2021–May 1, 2022, n.p. (installation view illustrated)

  • Literature

    Lauren Mechling, “A Quietly Radical Recluse Gets Her Due,” The New York Times Style Magazine, September 7, 2018, online (illustrated)
    Almine Rech, "Vivian Springford: A Life", Almine Rech Newsletter #22, June–December 2018, no. 5, pp. 3, 5, 27 (illustrated, pp. 3, 27)

  • 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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Untitled (Tanzania Series)

acrylic on canvas
69 1/2 x 68 in. (176.5 x 172.7 cm)
Painted in 1971.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $241,300

Contact Specialist

Annie Dolan

Specialist, Head of Sale, Morning Session
+1 212 940 1288

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023