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Signature: Signed, titled and dated on verso: Ross Bleckner / 1995 / Bird Painting for Bid for Life
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Galerie Velge & Noirhomme, Brussels; Private collection, acquired from the above; Christie's London, December 13, 2007, lot 83; Private collection, New York, acquired from the above.
Ross Bleckner’s immersive, large-scale paintings elicit a powerful hypnotic, dizzying effect. Whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and urns, Bleckner’s work recalls Op Art and the obsessive and mysterious luminosity of Yayoi Kusama’s Polka-dot paintings. Smoothly layered on the canvas surface against a darker gray background, his multicolored volumetric circles or “cells” look like droplets of blood or molecules viewed under a microscope. Emerging as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Bleckner’s paintings, like memento mori, often suggest meditations on the body, health, disease, and especially AIDS-related death.
American, b. 1949, New York, New York, based in New York, New York