Nov 19, 2020 - Sale 2552

Sale 2552 - Lot 50

Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

Black ink and gesso ground on Arches, circa 1950. 562x760 mm; 22 1/8x29 7/8 inches. Signed in ink, lower right recto, and titled in ink, verso.

Ex-collection private collection, New York.

Greene (1904-1956) was an abstract sculptor and painter from New York, who along with her husband Balcomb Greene (1904-1990) were significant proponents of abstract art in America (she worked to gain acceptance of abstract art by picketing museums that did not feature works of abstract artists). She was among the first American artists to produce non-objective relief sculptures in the early 1930s and continued her focus on abstraction in paintings and drawings of the 1940s and 1950s. Greene was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group, in 1936, and had her first solo exhibition at Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, in 1951, followed by another at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, in 1955. She died young due to complications from cancer.