Executed in 1963, this work is registered with the Archivio Marca-Relli, Parma, as archive number MARE-6081 / © Archivio Marca-Relli, Parma.
Signature: signed, titled and dated 63 on the reverse
Kootz Gallery, New York
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York
Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, Boston, 20 May 2011, Lot 592
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2014
About Conrad Marca-Relli
Conrad Marca-Relli’s paintings and collages evoke architecture and the figure through intersecting abstract shapes. Working initially as a painter of surrealistic carnival scenes and cityscapes, he later came into contact with Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning, which ushered in a dramatic shift in his practice towards purer abstraction. While still retaining an interest in architecture and urban landscape, Marca-Relli experimented with abstract collage, integrating figural elements made from textiles, drawings, metals, and plastics: this would become the defining practice of his career.
American, 1913-2000, Boston, Massachusetts, based in Parma, Italy