William Baziotes - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Saidenberg Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, New York
    James Reinish & Associates, Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Ithaca, Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Abstract Expressionism: The Formative Years, March 30 – December 3, 1978, fig. 44, p. 58 (illustrated)
    Milwaukee Art Museum, Center Ring, The Artist: Two Centuries of Circus Art, May 7 - June 28, 1981, no. 8, pp. 46, 90 (illustrated, p. 46)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "My whole intention in painting is to make a thing poetical; but not poetical in a literary sense. I want something that evokes mood, a background, a stage set for certain characters that are playing certain parts.” William Baziotes

Property from an Important East Coast Collection


Circus Abstraction

signed "Baziotes" lower right; further signed and titled "Circus Abstraction William Baziotes" on the reverse
oil on canvas
32 x 24 in. (81.3 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1946, this work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the William Baziotes Estate.

$100,000 - 150,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018