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Ross Bleckner

Bird Painting for Bid for Life, 1995

Oil on canvas
60 1/4 × 47 5/8 in
153 × 121 cm
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About the work
Provenance
HA
Heritage Auctions
Signature
Signed, titled and dated on verso: Ross Bleckner / 1995 / Bird Painting for Bid for Life
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ross Bleckner
American, b. 1949
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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.

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About the work
Provenance
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Heritage Auctions
Signature
Signed, titled and dated on verso: Ross Bleckner / 1995 / Bird Painting for Bid for Life
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ross Bleckner
American, b. 1949
Follow

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.

Ross Bleckner

Bird Painting for Bid for Life, 1995

Oil on canvas
60 1/4 × 47 5/8 in
153 × 121 cm
Bidding closed
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