Vivian Springford - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "Painting is my attempt to identify with the universal whole. The expansive center of the universe and of nature as in blossoming flowers of the ripples radiating from a stone thrown in a pool of water are my constant challenge in abstract terms."
    —Vivian Springford, 1975

    • Provenance

      Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Literature

      Vivian Springford, exh. cat., Almine Rech Gallery, New York, 2018, pp. 118, 204 (illustrated, p. 118)

    • 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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Property of an Important Collector



numbered "VSF576" on the overlap; further stamped by the Estate of the Artist on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
70 1/4 x 70 1/4 in. (178.4 x 178.4 cm)
Painted in 1975.

Full Cataloguing

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $233,100

Contact Specialist

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

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022