CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED
 CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED
 CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED
 CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED
 CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED
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CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD

CONRAD MARCA-RELLI | UNTITLED

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot Sold:18,750USD

Lot Details

Description

CONRAD MARCA-RELLI

1913 - 2000

UNTITLED


signed

gesso, gouache and canvas and burlap collage on canvas

Canvas: 26 by 23¼ in. (66 by 59 cm.)

Framed: 26¾ by 24 in. (68 by 61 cm.)

Executed circa 1975. 


This work is registered with the Archivio Marca-Relli, Parma, as archive number MARE-6080 / © Archivio Marca-Relli, Parma


PROVENANCE

Christie's, South Kensington, 6 April 2006, Lot 323

Private Collection

Christie's, New York, 21 September 2011, Lot 329

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Condition Report

This work is in very good condition overall. There are textural irregularities to the surface due to the artist's working method and chosen media. There are adhesive remains surrounding some areas of the edges of the collage elements, inherent to the artist's working method. There is minor cracking to a pinpoint area at the lower right corner, visible upon close inspection. There is a pinpoint indentation to the lower right edge, visible upon close inspection. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed without glazing.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Christie's, South Kensington, 6 April 2006, Lot 323

Private Collection

Christie's, New York, 21 September 2011, Lot 329

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

In his 1963 monograph on Conrad Marca-Relli, H.H. Arnason describes the moment in the artist’s career when, in the early 1950s, Marca-Relli abandoned his de Chirico influenced cityscapes, full of dust, melancholy, and noonday ghosts, for his signature paint-and-canvas collages. These works, for which the artist is justly celebrated, rank amongst the finest achievements of the New York School Abstract Expressionists. His works from the period are evenly filled with incident, but with individual forms rigorously subordinate to the composition of the whole.


Unlike some of his peers in the New York school, Marca-Relli’s mode of painting and collage was not necessarily expressive. His surfaces are built by fragment and increment in such a manner that it is easy to compare Marca-Relli’s palate of brown and pepper-grey to that of Cubism.

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