DON NICE | POPS
signed, titled and dated 67
watercolor on paper
17½ by 11½ in. (44.5 by 29.2 cm)
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Sotheby’s. 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 is an undulation to the sheet, visible upon close inspection. There is discoloration to the sheet, primarily visible at the extreme edges. There are scattered pinpoint accretions and stray media marks, visible upon close inspection. There are handling marks at the upper right corner. Unframed.
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Nice refreshes the classical approach and meticulous precision of nineteenth century encyclopedic illustrators like Audubon or Ernst Haeckel, with representations of contemporary Americana. Evidencing a clear influence from Warhol combined with the representational acumen of Richard Estes or Malcolm Morley, Nice establishes a realist vocabulary that toys with the homogeneity and sterility of mass-produced culture. Nice has been in the Allan Stone collection since its early years, and exhibited at Stone’s eponymous gallery several times in the late ’60s and early ’70s. In 1963, the artist won the Ford Foundation Purchase Award, and he has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth since 1982. Nice has been subject of countless solo exhibitions, and is also featured in many prominent institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; as well as the collection of Chase Manhattan Bank.