May 20, 2021 - Sale 2569

Sale 2569 - Lot 31

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Untitled, #1/87

Pencil and watercolor on paper, 1952. 381x457 mm; 15x18 inches. Signed, Giorgio Cavallon, and dated, 52, lower right.

Provenance: Gruenebaum Gallery, Ltd., NY.

As the looming threats of World War II increased the likelihood of an American role in the conflict, government attention to the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, and the funding dried up. Many artists were left with little options for showing their work. In New York City artists began formal gatherings, initiated by artist Philip Pavia, at 39 East 8th Street. These gatherings would become known as The Club, and the discussions would reach fruition when these artists collectively organized and held an exhibition in 1951 called The 9th Street Show. This show is seen by many as the beginning of Abstract Expressionism and The New York School. Following the success of The 9th Street Show, galleries began opening close by, notably, Hansa Gallery, and Tanager Gallery. Stable Gallery opened in 1953 on West 58th Street.

Artists with works in this auction who exhibited in The 9th Street Show: Peter Busa, Giorgio Cavallon, Jimmy Ernst, Michael Goldberg, Robert Motherwell, Robert Richenburg, and Theodoros Stamos.

Artists with works in this auction included in the first Annual Exhibition at Stable gallery, 1953: Giorgio Cavallon, Elaine de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, Michael Goldberg, Ibram Lassaw, Fred Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Richenberg, and Ludwig Sander.