Apr 06, 2017 - Sale 2442

Sale 2442 - Lot 139

Price Realized: $ 161,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
Morning Light.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1974. 1943x1181 mm; 76 1/2x46 1/2 inches. With the artist's name spray-painted with stencil, upper right verso. Signed, titled and inscribed "Summer New York '74" (twice) in ink, upper right verso.

Provenance: Noah Goldowsky, Inc. Fine Arts, New York, with a label affixed to the stretcher bars; private collection, Florida. The artist had a solo exhibition at Noah Goldowsky in 1974.

This brilliantly colored abstraction by Frank Bowling is an early and excellent example of his mid-1970s series of "poured paintings". Beginning in New York in 1973, the artist used a tilting board platform to control the flow and descent of the acrylic paint vertically down the canvas. Here the artist also incorporates the masking and staining from his earlier 1970s paintings into a vertical composition of high-key colors. The same approach can be found in other 1974 works as Corinna's Adam. Morning Light is one of the poured paintings whose title reflects both the natural phenomena of the technique and the dazzling affect of its color.