Kasmin Limited, London Collection of Dorothy H. Rautbord, Palm Beach (acquired from the above in September 1967) Christie's, New York, 13 May 1998, Lot 214 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
“Stella’s use of eye-popping colors and commonly available house paint in once-fashionable designer hues formed another bridge between contemporary movements, in this case between the industrial aesthetic of Minimalism and the new color vibrancy of Pop Art…While Warhol’s own colors often range from dazzling to melancholic, Stella’s approach is more like that of a mad color scientist, but with an academic pedigree...His paintings of the early 1960s utilize the color surface plane as if it were a trampoline being pushed and bounced by divergent color changes, in a manner ranging from a general sizzle of color interaction to an almost sculptural presence.” Michael Auping in Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Frank Stella: A Retrospective, 2015, pp. 23-24
This work is in very good condition overall. There is light evidence of wear and handling visible along the edges. The colors are bright, fresh and clean. Under extreme raking light, a very minor and unobtrusive abrasion is visible along the left edge and a pinpoint loss is visible in the third row of yellow paint from the bottom. Under Ultraviolet inspection, three minor drip accretions fluoresce brightly but are not the result of restoration. Unframed. 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.