Feb 08, 2024 - Sale 2658

Sale 2658 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000

BEN MOREA (1941- )

Acrylic on thin wove paper. 457x610 mm, 18x24 inches. Initialed and dated in ink, lower right recto, and signed and dated in ink, on the frame back. 1965.

Provenance: Private collection, New York; (with) White Columns, New York, 2016; Boo-Hooray, New York.

Exhibited: "Ben Morea," White Columns, New York, September 10- October 22, 2016; "Ben Morea: Full Circle, 1964-Present," Boo-Hooray, New York, May 25-June 24, 2023.

Published: Brett Sokol, "The Artist Ben Morea Returns to the Site of the Revolution," The New York Times, September 15, 2016 (illustrated).

An abstract expressionist artist and political activist, Morea dropped out of the art scene in the mid to late 60s, disillusioned by "Pop Art's market ascendance." He left his burgeoning potential as an artist behind, as before he departed, his paintings appeared in group shows along with Louise Nevelson, Louise Burgeois and Ad Reinhardt.