Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1999
"Those site paintings, which were acrylic skins, came out of the early ‘80s when I first started laminating a piece of acrylic back down to the canvas. I took the paint up off the canvas and then put it back down on the canvas. This was a major breakthrough. I’m dealing now with paint as a collage, paint as sculpture. I have changed the verb 'to paint': I don’t paint a painting, I make a painting." Jack Whitten
This work is in very good condition overall. There is light wear along the edges and at the corners of the canvas. The surface texture is inherent to the artist's medium and the areas of heavy impasto are intact. All collage elements are intact. Under close inspection there is evidence of minor lifting to the impasto at the top center edge and again at the center quadrant of the canvas, approximately 19 1/2 inches from the right center edge and 23 inches from the top edge. Under close inspection there is evidence of some scattered, light dust in the recesses of the painting. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.