Ralston Crawford, ‘On the Sundeck’, 1948, Hollis Taggart Galleries

This work bears a stamp from the Ralston Crawford Estate with the RCE No. 48.2.

Signature: Signed and dated upper left: "© RALSTON CRAWFORD / 1948" Titled, dated, signed, and inscribed on stretcher verso: "Title: / 'ON THE SUN DECK' / PAINTED IN 1948 / TOP / 30" x 45" / RALSTON CRAWFORD / 240 E 20TH ST. / NEW YORK, N.Y."

Carnegie Institute: Pittsburgh, PA. "Painting in the United States, 1948." 14 October - 12 December 1948.
University Gallery: University of Minnesota. "Ralston Crawford." 28 April - 20 May 1949.
New York: The Downtown Gallery. "Ralston Crawford." 31 January - 16 February 1950. Exhibition traveled to Louisiana State University Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, 24 February - 17 March 1950.
Whitney Museum of American Art: New York, NY. "Ralston Crawford." 3 October 1985 - 2 February 1986. Cat. no. 83. Exhibition traveled to: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 19 April - 1 June 1986; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 12 July - 31 August 1986; Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, 18 September - 2 November 1986.

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Painting in the United States, 1948," October 14 - December 12. (Pittsburgh: The Institute), 1948.

Sweeney, James Johnson. "Ralston Crawford." (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Art Gallery, 1950), no. 7.

Haskell, Barbara. "Ralston Crawford." (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1985), no. 83, illus. p. 84.

The Ralston Crawford Estate
The Downtown Gallery, New York
Lee Nordness Galleries, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Private collection

About Ralston Crawford

Ralston Crawford is best known for his Precisionist abstract paintings suggestive of urban landscapes and industrial spaces. Influenced by Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Crawford painted industrial architecture, meandering lines, and fractured forms evoking either machine or the body, all in colorful compositions. In 1946, he was famously commissioned by Fortune magazine to document the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in a series of abstract, angular paintings. Crawford was also an accomplished printmaker and urban documentary photographer.

American, 1906-1976, St. Catharines, Canada

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