Doyle, New York, 10 May 2016, Lot 99 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
The present work is from Martin Wong’s Sunset Park series, a body of work commissioned by Time Magazine. Although this painting was not included, the publication illustrated many of the works from this series alongside the cover article ‘A Christmas Story,’ from the December 30, 1985 issue. This work draws from the community and the people Wong saw every day in New York in both Sunset Park and his own neighborhood in the Lower East Side. Wong’s untitled portrait is exemplary of the contemporary, social realist style his work has become known for.
This work is in very good condition overall. The canvas is loose on the stretcher bar and there is an undulation and creasing to the surface. There is scattered wear with associated pinpoint loss, visible upon close inspection. There are scattered pinpoint accretions, visible upon close inspection. There is a cracking to the figure's forehead, visible upon extremely close inspection. Under Ultraviolet light inspection there is no evidence of restoration. Framed. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.