Oct 04, 2018 - Sale 2487

Sale 2487 - Lot 58

Price Realized: $ 30,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
CHARLES ALSTON (1907 - 1977)
Untitled (Abstract Composition).

Oil on linen canvas, circa 1959. 610x762 mm; 24x30 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, New Jersey; private collection, New York.

This untitled oil on canvas is a significant and beautiful example of Charles Alston's mid-century abstraction. With its dashing calligraphic black line and tonal colors, this painting is related to Once Upon a Time in a Garden, 1959, illustrated in the Kenkeleba Gallery's Charles Alston: Artist and Teacher catalogue, from the artist's estate. Its reduced palette also shows Alston's transition to his Black and White series of paintings which also begin in 1959. Jennings p. 51.