Feb 16, 2012 - Sale 2268

Sale 2268 - Lot 138

Price Realized: $ 7,200
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Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
ALEXANDER SKUNDER BAGHOSSIAN (1937 - 2003)
Untitled (Abstract Composition).

Oil on burlap, 1966. 762x762 mm; 30x30 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: private New York collection.

This vivid canvas is an excellent, early example of the painting of an artist who crossed many boundaries. Baghossian is one of the greatest Ethiopian artists and was one of Africa's best known contemporary artists
. He was also a widely respected painting professor at Howard University in Washington, DC from 1974 until 2000. Baghossian was influenced by a broad range of international and black cultures--he embraced both the "Pan-African" and universal movements. He is the first Ethiopian artist to have works acquired by the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris in 1963, the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1965, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art in 1992....