Mark Tobey, ‘Cluster’, circa 1960, Sotheby's

Executed circa 1960, the authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr. Heiner Hachmeister and will be included in the forthcoming Mark Tobey Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by the Committee Mark Tobey. Achim Moeller of The Mark Tobey Project, LLC has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which is listed in the archive under number MT [176-7-25-14] and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Selections from the Collections of the Friends of Modern Art, May - June 1969, cat. no. 178, illustrated

Stanley Winkelman, Detroit
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Mark Tobey

Abstract painter Mark Tobey strived to represent the mystical through art. Inspired by international travels, Eastern religion, Arabic calligraphy, classical music, and the emerging modes of Abstract Expressionism, Tobey created a unique visual language of all-over painting and gestural abstraction, which he called “white writing.” “What I had learned in the Orient had affected more than I realized,” he said. “In a short time white writing emerged. I had a totally new conception of painting.” When working in this technique, Tobey would place white calligraphic marks and symbols atop an abstract field composed of thousands of densely interwoven brushstrokes.

American, 1890-1976, Centerville, Wisconsin

Group Shows

Nicholas Gallery, 
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism / In Context: Seymour Lipton
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
New York, NY, United States,
Evolution in Action
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting)
Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, 
Castelbasso, Province of Teramo, Italy,
Nel Segno della Materia - Pittura Informale Europea e Americana
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