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

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  • Provenance

    Taylor | Graham, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Taylor | Graham, Vivian Springford: Stain Paintings 1960-80, September 11–October 24, 2014

  • 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 from a Canadian Private Collection



signed and dated "Springford 1968" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
45 3/4 x 65 in. (116.2 x 165.1 cm)
Painted in 1968.

$60,000 - 80,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022