Oct 06, 2011 - Sale 2255

Sale 2255 - Lot 71

Price Realized: $ 2,400
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Untitled (Abstract Composition).

Collage of various papers mounted on masonite, 1958. 483x876 mm; 19x34 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right.

Provenance: private New Jersey collection.

This early modernist collage by Sam Middleton was made shortly after his Mexico period, using fragments of Mexican posters. Like many other Americans funded by the G.I. Bill, Middleton moved to Mexico in 1955 after his military service in the Merchant Marine. Inspired by Elizabeth Catlett, he studied at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende in 1957. He also exhibited in San Miguel and Mexico City before returning to New York City in 1958.