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MERTON D. SIMPSON (1928 - 2013) Confrontation 23A.
Oil on cotton canvas, 1969. 1016x762 mm; 40x30 inches. Signed, titled and dated in ink, verso.
Provenance: Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, with the artist's gallery label on the verso; the estate of the artist: private collection, NY.
Merton Simpson's abstract painting became more political with his involvement in the Spiral Group in 1964. Influenced by their political discussions in response to the Civil Rights movement, and the violence in both street protests and the Harlem Riot of 1964, Simpson began painting his Confrontation series. Other works from this series are in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and the Johnson Collection, Spartaburg, SC (on loan to the Detroit Institute of Art).