Apr 04, 2019 - Sale 2504

Sale 2504 - Lot 118

Price Realized: $ 47,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
Untitled #1.

Mixed media on paper collage with nails, glitter, thread and a wolf plastic figurine, 1980-81. Approximately 273x260 mm; 10 3/4x10 1/4 inches. Signed, dated "1980-81" and inscribed "#1" in pencil, on mount. With artist's studio stamp on the frame back.

Provenance: Heath Gallery, Atlanta, with the label on the frameback (1981); private collection, Rhode Island.

Howardena Pindell first engaged with hole-punched circles by counting and numbering each one, then placed them over a gridded form — often the lines of graph paper — and added embellishments such as acrylic, watercolor, glitter, and even baby powder. Her inspiration in numbers and grids grew from her father — a mathematician who often wrote down figures in a gridded journal. In Untitled #1, Pindell collages images of monuments with various postcards, including images of the Seattle's Space Needle and Washington DC's Capitol Hill. Upon each of these monuments, she employs a grid that becomes lavishly intricated with glitter, nails, and small fragments of paper.