JOHN VICKERY | UNTITLED (CONFETTI SERIES)
1906 - 1983
UNTITLED (CONFETTI SERIES)
signed with the artist's initials; signed and dated '70 Califon, NJ
gouache and graphite on board
Board: 18 by 18 in. (45.7 by 45.7 cm)
Framed: 18½ by 18½ in. (47 by 47 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. There are scattered pinpoint stray media marks and a faint surface layer of dust, visible upon extremely close inspection. There are some areas of stray graphite accretions to the some of the edges. There are some minor handling marks along some of the edges, visible under close inspection. Under ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Vickery developed his paintings in the same spirit of other Op artists of his generation, using a deep understanding of color theory and composition to create works that subtly vibrate and pulsate, heightening the viewer's sensory perceptions and deepening the process of looking. Considering his works hard edge geometry, one would be surprised to learn that the Australian artist was part of the famed 1950s New York School, among some of the great Abstract Expressionists of the time, such as Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. But the artist broke away from this movement to pursue Op Art, trading the visceral mark of expressionism for a more minimal approach to art-making, valuing form over content and the eye above all else. Vickery exhibited with Allan Stone in the early 1970s, and the artist’s work represents a strong faction of minimalism in The Allan Stone Collection. Vickery's work is in such notable public collections as the National Gallery of Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria; Queensland Art Gallery; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Victorian College of the Arts; the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, among others.