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WORKS FROM THE ARCHIVE: ROY NEWELL FROM THE ESTATE OF ANNE NEWELL

Roy Newell
UNTITLED
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
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WORKS FROM THE ARCHIVE: ROY NEWELL FROM THE ESTATE OF ANNE NEWELL

Roy Newell
UNTITLED
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
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Roy Newell
1914 - 2006
UNTITLED

Provenance

Estate of the artist
Thence by descent to the present owner in 2006

Catalogue Note

Roy Newell was a pioneering member of the Abstract Expressionist movement and a founding member of the Eight Street Club. His work from the 1940s and 1950s focused on gestural abstraction, much of which he destroyed prior to embarking on a new direction defined by small-scale geometric subjects. He continued to explore this subject matter for the remainder of his career. Newell’s work and his bold decision to aesthetically break with his peers and follow his own vision was well-regarded among artists of his generation including Franz Kline and Willem and Elaine de Kooning, who were also close personal friends.  His work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York and his work is in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

In a 1986 New York Times review of a solo show of Newell’s work, Helen A. Harrison wrote: “The long-term, single minded pursuit of a narrow, self- imposed esthetic discipline is rare among visual artists, most of whom undergo the periodic changes in style or viewpoint that we associate with a developing career. Those uncommon few who commit themselves to an approach at once so clearly defined and so personal that it seems to exist outside of time exert a special fascination, especially on the imaginations of their fellow artists. As Morandi represents the ideal ‘painter’s painter’ for the gestural realists, so we might think of Roy Newell as a paragon for the geometric abstractionists” (“When a Period Lasts a Lifetime, ” August 31, 1986).

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