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Marisol
PORTRAIT OF MARTHA GRAHAM
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 116,500 USD
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219
Marisol
PORTRAIT OF MARTHA GRAHAM
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 116,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Marisol
B.1930
PORTRAIT OF MARTHA GRAHAM
signed and inscribed 1981 on back of chair

oil and pencil on wood and plaster, in 3 parts


Overall: 53 by 25 1/2 by 32 1/2 in. 134.6 by 64.8 by 82.5 cm.
Executed in 1977, the inscription refers to the date the work was acquired by the previous owner.
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Provenance

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Alex Nissenbaum, New York
Christie's, New York, September 15, 2004, lot 83
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Exhibited

New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, New Sculpture by Marisol of Art World Personalities, March - April 1981, no. 3, illustrated

Literature

Grace Glueck, "Art: Marisol's Friends, in Wit and Wood, Come to Live at the Janis Gallery," The New York Times, March 20, 1981
Avis Berman, "A Bold and Incisive Way of Portraying Movers and Shakers," Smithsonian, February 1984, p. 55, illustrated in color
Exh. Cat., Washington, D. C., Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, Magical Mixtures: Marisol Portrait Sculpture, April - August 1991, fig. 23, p. 32, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"This is the way Marisol has spent her life-watching from her silent perch as human nature unfolds before her, then making sculpture that shows how people expose themselves when they think no one is looking. In the end, of course, the person she reveals most tellingly is herself." - Carol Diehl

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