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      Sale 2451 | Lot 30
      Price Realized: $8,125With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2451 Lot 30

        (AMERICAN ABSTRACT ART.) Lion, Stephan C. and Charmion Wiegand; editor Masters of Abstract Art: An Exhibition for the Benefit of The American Red Cross. April 1st to May 15th, 1942 at Helena Rubinstein's New Art Center 715 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Essays by Piet Mondrian, Fernand Leger, L. K. Morris, Stuart Davis, Hans Richter, Carl Robert Holty, and Harry Holtzman. Typography designed by Herbert Bayer. 14 black-and-white reproductions by Braque, Calder, Davis, Domela-Nieuwenhuis, Duchamp, Greene, Gris, Kandinsky, MirĂ³, Mondrian, Morris, Richter, Holtzman, and Xceron. 209x209 mm; 8 1/4x8 1/4 inches. 42, [2] pages. 8vo, original printed stapled wrappers, covers loose from spine, extremities toned and chipped, signed by several of the contributors; contents clean but slightly toned. New York, 1942

        Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

        scarce copy of the catalogue for the groundbreaking red cross masters of abstract art benefit exhibition, signed by many of the artists. Signatures include Burgoyne Diller, Fritz Glarner, Gertrude Greene (signed twice, on cover and last leaf), Harry Holtzman, Fernand Leger, Jacques Lipchitz, Piet Mondrian, Irene Rice Pereira, Hans Richter, Amedee Ozenfant, John von Wicht, Jean Xceron, and one unidentified signature. The show, which inaugurated Rubinstein's New Art Center on Fifth Avenue, was deemed by Clement Greenberg as "the high-water mark" and the "largest and richest" of current abstractionist group shows in New York. The famed art critic noted that its special excellence lay in the high level of accomplishment shown by the work of (then) lesser known American and foreign artists. Greenberg, The Collected Essays and Criticism, Vol. 1, Chicago, 1988, page 103-06. OCLC lists six institutional copies, none signed.

        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $8,125