Oct 06, 2016 - Sale 2424

Sale 2424 - Lot 84

Price Realized: $ 70,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
Shut Up.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1973. 457x2819 mm; 18x111 inches. With the artist's name spray-painted with stencil, center verso. Titled, inscribed and dated "Dec 28/1973, 8-9 pm, Susan Row Josephine" in green ink, upper lower left verso. Inscribed "For Orde Coomes, Jan. 19, 1977" in ink, center verso.

Provenance: Orde Coomes, New York (1977); private collection, New York.

This very long cascade of paint by Frank Bowling is of the first year from his important 1970s series of "poured paintings", and only the second of such work to come to auction. 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. With its beautiful stained and poured surface, this work epitomizes the artist's groundbreaking exploration of paint application in the early 70s. Organized by Dr. Courtney J. Martin, The Tate Museum, Britain recently held an exhibition of these abstract paintings withFrank Bowling's Poured Paintings 1973–8, April 30, 2012 - March 10, 2013.