Oct 09, 2014 - Sale 2359

Sale 2359 - Lot 128

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000

Acrylic on raw cotton canvas, 1969-70. 1321x1473 mm; 52x58 inches. Signed in blue ink, lower right.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Maryland.

This large canvas of fLoating orbs is a wonderful example of the late 1960s paintings of Kenneth Young, the Washington DC color field painter who is regaining national recognition today. Young was associated in the early 1970s with the rise of the Washington Color School, and in 1969, had a solo exhibition at the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, DC.

Young worked at the Smithsonian Institution for over 35 years in exhibition installation and design after studying and teaching physics at Indiana University and chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. He was also an art instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. His paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corocoran Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts. His 1973 painting, in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was recently included in African-American Art, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights and Beyond, their 2012-14 traveling exhibition and illustrated in the catalogue. Mecklenburg/Powell pp. 230-231