Ross Bleckner, ‘Untitled (Chandelier painting)’, 1984, Phillips

Signature: signed 'Ross Bleckner' on the reverse

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 6 June 2005, lot 733
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Ross Bleckner

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