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James Brooks (1906 - 1992)
AGWAY, 1965
oil on canvas; signed; signed, titled, dated '1965' and inscribed on the reverse
Canvas: 42 1/8 by 36 1/4 in. (107 by 92.1 cm.); Framed: 44 1/8 by 34 1/8 in. (122.1 by 86.7 cm.)
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Provenance

Kootz Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Birmingham
Sotheby’s, New York, 22 September 2011, Lot 94
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The bold colours and forms in James Brooks' 'Agway' allude to the artist's time at the Arts Students League alongside fellow Abstract Expressionists. Brooks' participation in the WPA Federal Art Project introduced him to many prominent artists of the period including Jackson Pollock, whose iconic studio space on Eighth Street in the East Village he would later take over.

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