The Masters of Monochrome

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From the collection of California-based Arnold and Marie Forde, The Form of Ideas | Contemporary Art Online offers a chance to acquire works by important and intellectually rigorous artists from the Post-War period onward, including a group of monochrome paintings by some of the masters of the medium. Click ahead for a look at works by Richard Serra, Walter Dahn and more, open now for bidding.

The Masters of Monochrome

  • John M. Miller, Abstract #6, 1976. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Miller abandoned figurative painting entirely in the early 1970s, stripping art down to what he considered its essence. For him, this meant the form of angled bars repeated across the picture place. He painted these bars on unprimed canvas for the last forty years of his career.
  • Annette Lemeiux, Points of Departure, 1990. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Lemieux came of age in a generation of artists who developed their practices around what was then called “Picture Theory.” Lemieux has since become a trailblazer in the field of Post-Conceptualism, incorporating a host of source material from the twentieth century into her imagery.
  • Imi Knoebel, Untitled, 1972. Estimate $8,000–12,000.
    Having studied under Joseph Beuys in the 1960s at the famed Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Knoebel drew inspiration from Kazimir Malevich to make black and white canvases on which vertical painted lines divided up the pictorial space. From this time, the artist began working with industrial materials, such as plywood and fiberboard, thereby dematerializing painting and at the same time fulfilling Beuys' ideal of bringing art closer to life.
  • Richard Serra, Core, 1987. Estimate $6,000–8,000.
    While a majority of sculptors practice drawing in service of their sculptures, that is not the case with Serra. His works on paper are not simply studies that will ultimately be converted into sculptural pieces, but exist on their own right for their own sake. They involve a heavy accumulation of black oil paintstick on paper, in which Serra uses the absence of oil to the same degree that he applies it.
  • Walter Dahn, Untitled, 1987. Estimate $$7,000–9,000.
    Walter Dahn spearheaded the formation of the Mülheimer Freiheit, an artist group espousing a Neo-Expressionist, figurative style in response to what they considered the over-intellectualism of Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Dahn frequently sources his work from found imagery, song texts and poetry.

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