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Lot 451

John Seery Large Abstract Acrylic on Canvas, Havana Sun

Estimate: $3,800 - $4,200

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John Seery (American, b. 1941), "Havana Sun," large, abstract acrylic on canvas painting, with dripped, splattered, and poured paint forming thick pools of saturated hues including yellow, red, orange, and lavender that float over a field of thinly applied, mainly muted shades including white, grey, and brown, creating a complex, layered composition. Signed and dated 1975 verso of canvas along with a gallery label for Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL. Housed in a simple wood frame with gilt metal edge. Sight: 55 1/2" H x 50 1/2" W. Framed: 56 1/2" H x 52" W.

Biography: "Seery came to prominence in the 1970s and was a key figure in the Lyrical Abstraction movement in New York and Los Angeles that included work by artists such as Brice Marden, David Reed, and Larry Poons in the late 60s and 70s. Described as a painterly, emotional and decidedly 'non hard-edge' brand of abstraction, which was heralded by younger painters at the time as a response to Abstract Expressionism, the movement's name derived from an exhibition of the same name (in which Seery's work was included) that began at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1970 and traveled to the Whitney Museum in 1971. Following the success of these exhibitions, Seery accepted teaching positions at both Harvard and Cornell University where he taught throughout the 1980s, establishing a strong national and international presence." (Source: artist's website).


Overall very good condition.

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Deaccessioned from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.