DOMENICK TURTURRO | UNTITLED
1936 - 2002
signed and dated 67
graphite and pastel on paper
Sheet: 21 by 34¾ in. (53.3 by 88.3 cm)
Framed: 28 by 42 in. (71.1 by 106.7 cm)
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Allan Stone Projects. Purchased items will be available for collection at Crozier Fine Arts, 1 Star Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ as of Thursday, December 13th.
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is window matted and cornered to the backing board, not visible when matted. The edges of the sheet are deckled. There are artist's pinholes to the upper corners of the sheet, not visible when matted. There is a slight undulation to the sheet, visible upon close inspection. There are scattered handling marks, stray media, and artist's inscriptions to the unadorned edges of the sheet that are not visible when matted, per the artist's intent. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Turturro is known for his all-over gestural paintings, not unlike the works of Mark Tobey, Jackson Pollock or Arshile Gorky, in which the artist uses a varied color palette to experiment with the figure and ground, creating fields of wild yet controlled arrangements. The boundary between foreground and background is often blurred due to his signature combination of application and erasure in a balanced treatment of negative and positive forms, creating a push-pull effect that gives the work overall dynamic movement. Allan Stone maintained a longtime association as patron and friend to Turturro, and exhibited the artist numerous times at his eponymous gallery from the the late ’60s to mid-’80s. Turturro’s work is in several notable collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Witherspoon Museum, North Carolina; and Greenville County Museum, South Carolina.