I first heard of American Ab Ex painter Joseph Glasco when his friend and former student, artist and director Julian Schnabel, dedicated his famous film "Basquiat" to Glasco. A press release promoting Joseph Glasco's 2015 exhibition at Waddington Gallery describes him as follows: "One of the most original American artists of his time, Glasco found success early. At the age of twenty-five, he had his first one-man show at New York’s prestigious Perls Galleries and became the youngest artist to be represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 1952, Glasco was the final artist selected for the major MoMA exhibition ‘Fifteen Americans’, alongside Pollock, Rothko, Still and Baziotes among others: “Each is an artist of marked individuality and achievement [… giving] a clue to the thinking of the American artist in our period..." . Despite his early success, Glasco became forgotten, relative to the meteoric success of his fellow Abstract Expressionists. However, in 2015 a major biography - "The Fifteenth American" was published, and several international galleries have mounted important exhibitions of his work, re-introducing Glasco to a new generation of collectors. (Waddington Galleries exhibited Glasco in the late 1980s, and once again in 2015)
The present work was done in 1961 and bears the label of the renowned Catherine Viviano Gallery on East 57th Street. Catherine Viviano, an important art dealer and consultant in the mid 20th Century, worked at the Pierre Matisse Gallery for 16 years before opening her own eponymous gallery. From 1950 to 1970, she represented Joseph Glasco.
Framed: 16.75 inches x 14 inches
Sheet: 13.75 x 11 inches
The sheet appears to be in good vintage condition; though there is some minor blue flaking that has spilled over onto the linen matting. The work is in its original 1960s vintage wooden frame with linen matting; frame in vintage condition.
Signature: Signed and dated boldly with yellow paint recto (front)
Catherine Viviano Gallery (with label)