Milton Resnick, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Milton Resnick (1917-2004)


signed and dated 'Resnick '64' (on the reverse)

oil on paper mounted on canvas

42 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (107.9 x 76.8 cm.)

Painted in 1964.

Signature: signed and dated 'Resnick '64' (on the reverse)

Anon. sale; Bonhams, New York, 1 May 2005, lot 87

Linda Hyman, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Milton Resnick

One of the last Abstract Expressionists, and a peer and friend of Willem de Kooning, Milton Resnick maintained a fierce commitment to non-representational painting throughout his career, making large-scale, heavily impastoed, near-monochrome canvases whose all-over compositions were are impenetrably dense and often challenging. For Resnick, the meaning lay in the process of painting; he approached painting as an all-encompassing endeavor. “What I like is for a painting to act in many different directions at once, so strongly that it will shatter itself and open up a small crack, which will suck the world in,” he said. From 1976 until the end of his life, Resnick worked from a large synagogue on Eldridge Street on New York's Lower East Side.

Ukraninan-American, 1917-2004, Bratslav, Ukraine