Nov 16, 2021 - Sale 2588

Sale 2588 - Lot 45

Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000
Untitled (Cave).

Bronze relief sculpture, circa 1985, cast circa 1992-95. 380x330x30 mm; 15x13x1 1/2 inches. Edition of 13. Incised artist's signature, lower center recto. With the foundry mark "RD" lower left edge.

Provenance: the artist Conrad Fried (1920-2009), Elaine de Kooning's brother, Sullivan County, New York; acquired directly from the former by private collection, Sullivan County, New York.

This bronze relief was designed by de Kooning (1918-1989) toward the end of her long, illustrious career as an artist; there is another cast of the bronze on the artist's gravestone at the Green River Cemetery, East Hampton, New York. The bronze was cast posthumously, in an edition of 13, under the direction of Conrad Fried, from a wax model in the artist's studio.