Lot 2
  • 2


12,000 - 18,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Ralston Crawford
  • Bora Bora
  • signed RALSTON CRAWFORD and dated '76 (lower left); also dated again 1975-76, titled BORA BORA and inscribed STARTED MARCH 5, 1975/COMPLETED: (on the stretcher)
  • oil on canvas
  • 8 by 16 inches
  • (20.3 by 40.6 cm)


Miriam Orr
By descent
[With]Menconi + Schoelkopf, New York, 2014
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Catalogue Note

In 1974, Ralston Crawford set out to travel the world making stops in London, Paris, Bangkok, Bali, Afghanistan, Tahiti, and Bora Bora. While aboard an ocean liner, Crawford took several photographs from the ship's deck and later used the negatives as source material for a series of canvases completed in his New York studio. Abstracted from these photographs, Bora Bora demonstrates Crawford's continued interest in flattened linear planes of color constructed through his idiosyncratic Precionist expression. In her review of works from this series, the critic Grace Glueck describes these paintings as "typically Crawford, a paragon of orderly precision that nevertheless suggests the presence of the larger forces beyond the artist's control" ("Art Review: Multiple Manipulations in Space, Line and Color," The New York Times, May 11, 2011, p. E-34).