Private Collection, Washington, D.C. (acquired directly from the artist) Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1989
"Before painting, there was jazz, I mean cool jazz. Coltrane. Ornette Coleman, the Ayler brothers, Miles Davis. It’s something that was important to my work, it was a constant. You listened while you were painting. It made you think that being young wasn’t so bad. All the young painters were into jazz."
This work is in very good condition overall. The canvas is unlined. Under close inspection, there is evidence of very minor wear and handling to the corners and turning edges of the canvas and very light dust accumulation to the surface. The surface texture irregularities, scattered stray media and pigment separation are inherent and consistent with the artist's working method and choice of medium. Only visible under very close inspection and raking light, there is a small area of localized cracking to the pigment with a few, unobtrusive pinpoint losses in the center right roughly 6 inches from the right edge and a pinpoint loss in the top right 3 inches from the top horizontal edge. 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.