James Brooks, ‘Cantanda’, Christie's

James Brooks (1906-1992)


oil on canvas

66 1/4 x 78 in. (168.3 x 198.1 cm.)

Painted circa 1958.

Signature: Cantanda

New York, Jason McCoy Inc., James Brooks and Giorgio Cavallon, September-October 2009.

Washington, D.C., American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Remembering Marc & Komei, January-March 2006, no. 30.

Stable Gallery, New York

Union Carbide Corporation, Danbury

Their sale; Sotheby's, New York, 5 May 1982, lot 196

H. Marc Moyens, Washington, D.C.

His sale; Christie's, New York, 28 February 2007, lot 334

Private collection, Austin

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About James Brooks

James Brooks was primarily an abstract painter, fascinated by the painterly accidents yielded by diluting oil paint with glue, enamel, and other household products. An early Abstract Expressionist and friend of Jackson Pollock, he experimented with Automatism and free brushwork after discarding the Social Realism of his early career (during which he created one of his most famous works, Flight (1942), a mural at LaGuardia Airport). Brooks was a pioneer in the use of staining, dilution, and accidental deterioration of canvases to create uncontrolled abstraction; he often applied his mixtures of commercial products and paints directly from the tube to create thick, deep surfaces, before adding in fluid lines and abstract shapes. His later works moved towards a purer exploration of color and form.

American, 1906-1992, St. Louis, Missouri

Solo Shows

Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Selected Paintings 1960-85
Joan T. Washburn Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
James Brooks: Six Decades
Art Views, 
East Hampton, NY, United States,
James Brooks Prints

Group Shows

Museum of Contemporary Art, 
Tokyo, Japan,
Founders and Heirs of Art
Museum at Stony Brook, 
Stony Brook, NY, United States,
More than Mount: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionists, 40's, 50's, & 60's
View Artist's CV