The Emily Fisher Landau Collection: An Era Defined | Evening Auction

The Emily Fisher Landau Collection: An Era Defined | Evening Auction

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Mark Tansey

Triumph Over Mastery II

Auction Closed

November 9, 12:13 AM GMT


8,000,000 - 12,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Mark Tansey

(b. 1949)

Triumph Over Mastery II

oil on canvas

97 ⅛ by 68 ⅛ in. 246.7 by 173 cm.

Executed in 1987. 

Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above in October 1987 by the present owner 

Richard Martin, "Mark Tansey's Triumph Over Mastery," Arts Magazine, vol. 62, February 1988, p. 23, illustrated in color 

Exh. Cat., Kunsthalle Basel, Mark Tansey, 1990, p. 8

Andy Grundberg, "Review/Art: Attacking Not Only Masters but Mastery as Well," The New York Times, 23 November 1990, p. C29, illustrated

Arthur C. Danto, Mark Tansey: Visions and Revisions, New York, 1992, illustrated in color (on the cover) (detail), and pp. 22-23, illustrated in color

Christopher Knight, “Art Review: Tansey’s Talent to Amuse: Mid-Career Survey at County Museum,” Los Angeles Times, 22 June 1993 (online)

Ted Loos, "Tansey's Triumph," Art & Antiques, February 1994, p. 55, illustrated in color

Gilian Wohlauer, Kathryn Potts and Trevor Fairbrother, Mark Tansey and Connections: Mark Tansey (brochure), Boston, 1994, illustrated in color (on the cover) and pp. 2-3, illustrated in color

Helene E. Roberts, ed., Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art, vol. 2, Chicago, 1998, p. 680

Mark C. Taylor, The Picture in Question: Mark Tansey & The Ends of Representation, Chicago, 1999, p. 36

Teel Sale and Claudia Betti, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach, Belmont, 2004, p. 229, illustrated 

Mark Stephen Archer, The New Formal: Interiors by James Aman, New York, 2016, p. 71, illustrated in color (in installation) 

William Chapman Sharpe, Grasping Shadows: The Dark Side of Literature, Painting, Photography, and Film, Oxford, 2017, p. 221, illustrated in color

John Thomason, "Norton's New Exhibition a Trove of Contemporary Art Riches," Boca Magazine, 16 March 2022 (online) 

Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988: The World of Art Today, May - August 1988, no. 64, pp. 47, 112, illustrated

Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein Schirn Kunsthalle, Prospect 89, March - May 1989, p. 191, illustrated in color and p. 224

Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art; and Kyoto, National Museum of Modern Art, A Perspective on Contemporary Art - Color and/or Monochrome, September 1989 - February 1990, pp. 88-89, illustrated in color

New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, The Last Decade: American Artists of the 80's, September - October 1990, p. 127, illustrated in color and p. 137

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Charade of Mastery: Deciphering Modernism in Contemporary Art, October 1990 - January 1991, pp. 6-7, illustrated

New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Paint and Painted, May 1993, n.p. 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts; and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Tansey, June 1993 - November 1994, no. 17, pp. 56-57, illustrated in color and p. 114

New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Painting and Sculpture: Selections from the Collection, May 2007 - January 2008

New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Five Decades of Passion: Part One: The Eye of the Collector, 1968-1988, January - April 2009

New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Unforgettable: Selections from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection, February - April 2011 

West Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art, A Remarkable Gathering: The Fisher Landau Family Collection, March - September 2022