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CALIFORNIA STRAIGHT AHEAD: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. DAVID SANDERS AND PROFESSOR JESSE DUKEMINIER

John McCracken
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LOT SOLD. 437,500 USD
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CALIFORNIA STRAIGHT AHEAD: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. DAVID SANDERS AND PROFESSOR JESSE DUKEMINIER

John McCracken
PLUME
Estimate
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
Guaranteed Property
Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
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LOT SOLD. 437,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated

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New York

John McCracken
1934 - 2011
PLUME
incised with the artist's signature, title and date 2002 on the underside
polyester resin and fiberglass on plywood
92 by 16 1/8 by 4 1/4 in. 233.7 by 41 by 10.8 cm.
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Provenance

L.A. Louver, Venice, California
Acquired from the above by the present owner in May 2004

Catalogue Note

"McCracken saw the leaning pieces as existing 'between worlds,' not only linking floor (the realm of sculpture) and wall (painting), but also matter and spirit, and body and mind." Roberta Smith, "John McCracken, Sculptor of Geometric Forms, Dies at 76," in: The New York Times, 10 April 2011, online

Vibrant, expressive and refined, the collection of Dr. David Sanders and Prof. Jesse Dukeminier comprises a diverse group of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by the foremost minds in abstraction. The works in the collection are a testament to the power of color and form, their capacity to communicate complex theories and concepts, and their vital function as sources of inspiration and delight. 

Ranging from intimately scaled works on paper, such as the gestural and tempestuous drawing by Joan Mitchell, to works which are exemplars of their respective creator’s oeuvres, such as John McCracken’s Plume, the artworks in the collection tell the story of postwar abstraction. Devoted to the arts, Dr. Sanders and Prof. Dukeminier built their house around their collection and loved to share it with their large circle of friends. Dr. Sanders and Prof. Dukeminier lived with a Californian sensibility, which made them open to new experiences and welcoming to others who, like themselves, came to California from diverse backgrounds. They are remembered for their love and generosity for the city of Los Angeles, its institutions and the LGBT community. Together, the works in the collection provide a window into their unique sense of passion and purpose, enduring as a record of postwar abstraction as filtered through their singular point of view.

Contemporary Curated

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New York