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1977 Long Point Gallery Poster, Provincetown
Mixed media and collage on paper (framed)
Signed by all artists
Artists: K.L. Auber, Fritz Bultman, Sideo Fromboluti, Budd Hopkins, Varujan Boghosian, Paul Resika, Sidney Simon, Judith Rothschild, Nora Speyer, Leo Manso, Robert Motherwell, Carmen Cicero, Tony Vevers and Ed Giobbi
29.875" x 22" (sheet)
Provenance: Estate of Ira Genstein
Signature: Signed by all artists
Estate of Ira Genstein
Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings—frequently featuring bold black shapes against fields of color—but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School. He forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals over his interests in poetry and philosophy, and as such served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York, establishing automatism and psychoanalysis as central concerns of American abstraction. "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous," Motherwell said. "It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.
American, 1915-1991, Aberdeen, Washington, based in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut
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Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of sculpture, and the adoption of collage as a core practice. Best known for his collages that incorporated pre-painted paper into semi-figurative forms and abstract compositions, Bultman drew on years of psychotherapy to explore eroticism, sexual symbolism, and myth. Robert Motherwell called him “one of the most splendid, radiant, and inspired painters of my generation,” although many believe he suffered a lack of recognition due to missing the famed 1951 Life magazine photograph that helped establish the reputation of his contemporaries.
American, 1919-1985, New Orleans, Louisiana, based in New York, New York
Varujan Boghosian describes his practice by saying, “I don’t make anything, I find everything.” Boghosian famously collected papers, books, toys, discarded household objects for over 20 years to produce his assemblages and collages. He cites strong influence from Marcel Duchamp, with whom he shares a predilection for found objects and a sense of humor. Boghosian is best known for making wry juxtapositions in his work that read like visual puns. He pays tribute to his influences and larger art historic traditions in his work, like in After Hans Arp (2003), Spanish Still Life (After Zurbarán) (2003), and The Hunt (After Uccello) (2008).
American , b. 1926, New Britain, Connecticut, based in Hanover, New Hampshire
Paul Resika was a student of Abstract Expressionism under Hans Hofmann, whose other pupils included Wolf Kahn and Joan Mitchell. Resika’s eventual style would fall in the category of representational abstraction, characterized variously by loose brushwork and rigid geometry; he considers himself a colorist, influenced by Henri Matisse and the Fauves. Resika’s practice is especially notable for its iterative process: he paints a single subject in variation and only moves on when he has exhausted it. Examples of this include his “Dark Lady” series, featuring a lone nude in various landscapes, and “Flowers”, a suite of still lifes. His favored subjects are nautical—born of the belief that “piers and boats and lighthouses are forms you can do something with”—and these images make frequent appearances in his work, serving as the core of his series “Vessels”.
American, b. 1928, New York, New York, based in New York, New York
Judith Rothschild was a renowned art collector and abstract painter. She preferred the formal rigor and flatness of Cubism to the dynamism of Abstract Expressionism and the unsettled perspective of Surrealism. An associate of Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Calder, and Anne Ryan, Rothschild was heavily influenced by the dramatic colors of the coastal California landscape. She mixed strong outlines with bold swaths of color, evoking a range of light effects in her works. In the final 20 years of her life, Rothschild created a series of relief paintings, setting white foam cutouts against colored backgrounds. These reliefs and the subsequent “Gothic” series—which features aluminum instead of foam—combine the figural qualities of Henri Matisse’s paper cutouts with the disembodied space of Mondrian’s paintings, juxtaposing sensual colors against rigid formal structures.
American, 1921-1993, New York, New York, based in California & New York