David Salle, ‘The Precursor's Sublime’, 1981, Phillips

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Signature: signed, titled and dated 'David Salle "The Precursor's Sublime" 1981' on the overlap

Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York
Tajan, Paris, 29 April 2014, lot 17
Private Collection, The Netherlands

About David Salle

Neo-expressionist painter David Salle gained prominence in the 1980s as a leader in the return to figuration, along with contemporaries Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He is well known for his large-scale canvases featuring a sparse, seemingly disjunctive arrangement of elements, often including provocatively posed women and nudes and the use of grisaille. Pairing Pop art's common imagery with Surrealism's private associations, Salle's collage-like paintings often gather widely different moods, styles, and sources within one work.

American, b. 1952, Norman, Oklahoma, based in Brooklyn, New York