Apr 04, 2019 - Sale 2504

Sale 2504 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 42,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000

Pencil, acrylic and colored pencils on graph paper, 1970. 445x562 mm; 17 1/2x22 1/8 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed "Untitled" and "Pencil, acrylic and colored pencil on graph paper" in pencil, verso.

Provenance: Tranegården Gentofte Kunstbibliotek, Hellerup, Denmark; private collection (2003).

Exhibited: Yngre amerikansk kunst: tegninger og grafik / Young American Artists: Drawings and Graphic, ed. Gentofte Rådhus, Steingrim Laursen, Det Tyske Kulturinstitut, Copenhagen, Denmark, January 24 – February 11, 1973.

This elegant drawing is an excellent and very scarce example of a 1970 work of paper by Howardena Pindell. From 1968-72, Pindell created such refined abstract compositions of ovals and circles on paper and canvas before her celebrated punched-hole collaged compositions. This significant period is highlighted in the recent traveling retrospective, Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen, curated by Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver, organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Illustrated in the catalogue, Gray Space Frame, 1968, and Untitled, 1968, earlier drawings with a black ground anticipate her exploration of the figure ground relationships with a pattern of colored dots. Oliver notes how in the early 1970s Pindell also had a brief monochromatic period with two series of drawings in black before returning to color. Beckworth/Oliver fig. 16; p. 65; fig. 1, pp. 112-113.