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OVR-Sized: Masterworks of Postwar Abstraction

December 2 – 6, 2020


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Norman Bluhm (1921–1999) Sendai, 1958 oil on...

Norman Bluhm (1921–1999)

Sendai, 1958

oil on canvas

54 x 72 inches / 137.2 x 182.9 cm

signed

Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) Where the Swan Flies (...

Jay DeFeo (1929–1989)
Where the Swan Flies (Loop System No. 5), 1975
acrylic on Masonite with plastic and tape collage
96 x 48 inches / 243.8 x 121.9 cm

Beauford Delaney (1901–1979) Untitled, c.196...

Beauford Delaney (1901–1979)
Untitled, c.1961
oil on canvas
76 3/4 x 51 inches / 194.9 x 129.5 cm

Sam Gilliam (b.1933) Untitled, 1970 acrylic and dy...

Sam Gilliam (b.1933)
Untitled, 1970
acrylic and dye pigments on canvas with beveled edge
100 3/4 x 110 x 2 1/2 inches / 255.9 x 279.4 x 6.4 cm
signed
 

Michael Goldberg (1924–2007) Park Avenue Fa&...

Michael Goldberg (1924–2007)
Park Avenue Façade, 1957-58
oil on canvas
111 1/2 x 107 1/2 inches / 283.2 x 273.1 cm
signed
 

Nancy Grossman (b.1940) Brown and Black, 1965 leat...

Nancy Grossman (b.1940)

Brown and Black, 1965

leather, metal, rubber, wood and paint assemblage on canvas mounted on plywood

73 1/2 x 70 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches / 186.7 x 178.4 x 40 cm

signed

Alfred Jensen (1903–1981) Mayan Mat Patterns...

Alfred Jensen (1903–1981)

Mayan Mat Patterns, Number Structures, 1974

oil on canvas

72 x 72 inches / 182.9 x 182.9 cm

signed

Alfred Leslie (b.1927) Kurtz's Station, 1956 o...

Alfred Leslie (b.1927)

Kurtz's Station, 1956

oil on canvas with paper collage

54 x 61 1/2 inches / 137.2 x 156.2 cm

signed

Norman Lewis (1909–1979) After Dawn, 1966 oi...

Norman Lewis (1909–1979)
After Dawn, 1966
oil on canvas
49 1/2 x 60 inches / 125.7 x 152.4 cm
signed

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913–2000) The Passage (...

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913–2000)
The Passage (L-L-12-61), 1961
oil, canvas and mixed media collage on canvas
84 1/8 x 119 3/4 inches / 213.7 x 304.2 cm
signed

Boris Margo (1902–1995) Reflections #20 (24)...

Boris Margo (1902–1995)
Reflections #20 (24), 1949
oil on canvas
82 x 82 inches / 208.3 x 208.3 cm
signed

Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990) Generations II,...

Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990)
Generations II, 1951
oil and enamel on canvas mounted to four shaped wood boards joined with eight painted metal supports
87 x 61 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches / 221 x 156.8 x 4.1 cm

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992) Untitled (...

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992)

Untitled (Presence, Black Circle), 1974

oil on canvas

41 x 75 inches / 104.1 x 190.5 cm

signed

Milton Resnick (1917–2004) Show, 1960 oil on...

Milton Resnick (1917–2004)

Show, 1960

oil on canvas

71 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches / 181 x 127.6 cm

signed

Alma Thomas (1891–1978) Scarlet Sage Dancing...

Alma Thomas (1891–1978)
Scarlet Sage Dancing a Whirling Dervish, 1976
acrylic on canvas
72 x 52 inches / 182.9 x 132.1 cm
signed

Jack Tworkov (1900–1982) Wednesday, 1959 oil...

Jack Tworkov (1900–1982)

Wednesday, 1959

oil on canvas

90 x 42 inches / 228.6 x 106.7 cm

signed

William T. Williams (b.1942) Hawk's Return, 19...

William T. Williams (b.1942)
Hawk's Return, 1969-70
acrylic on canvas
109 x 85 1/2 inches / 276.9 x 217.2 cm
signed

 



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For our Art Basel Miami Beach online viewing room, we present OVR-Sized: Masterworks of Postwar Abstraction, featuring a rotating selection of over-sized and heroically-scaled highlights of postwar abstraction created between 1949 and 1976. Featured artists include Norman Bluhm (1921-1999), Jay DeFeo (1929-1989), Beauford Delaney (1901-1979), Sam Gilliam (b.1933), Michael Goldberg (1924-2007), Nancy Grossman (b.1940), Alfred Jensen (1903-1981), Alfred Leslie (b.1927), Norman Lewis (1909-1979), Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000), Boris Margo (1902-1995), Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990), Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992), Milton Resnick (1917-2004), Alma Thomas (1891-1978), Jack Tworkov (1900-1982) and William T. Williams (b.1942).

In the new normal of virtual viewing rooms, we have curated a fantasy space where, unconfined by the constraints of modular art fair walls and normal booth scale, we can dream big and showcase a selection of grand-scale paintings by key figures of postwar art. In this imagined space, bigger is better! 

The exhibition showcases one exemplary masterwork by each of the artists, epitomizing their significant contributions to the canon of 20th century art history through the intentionality and variety of their unique mark-making, textural concerns and structural techniques. Whether through a visual language that is calligraphic or gestural, impastoed or collaged, our selection defines and exemplifies their visionary approaches to abstraction. Each artist – in their epic proportions and bold compositions – embody what art historian Irving Sandler famously described as the “triumph of American painting.”