Just In: A Shimmering Abstract by Mary Corse

March 10, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to announce an exciting addition to our upcoming Spring 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design. Untitled (Black/Blue Bands) is an abstract painting from the year 2000 by the California-based artist Mary Corse, constructed with Corse’s signature material: glass microspheres suspended in acrylic paint. Producing a startling perceptual effect, these minute beads cause the bands of white and color in her paintings to seemingly shimmer and shift above pulsing, morphing surfaces. As The New Yorker magazine put it, Corse’s “works suggest tapestries woven from stars.”

Mary Corse, Untitled (Black/Blue Bands) (2000)
Lot 207, Mary Corse, Untitled (Black/Blue Bands), 2000
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Born in Berkeley in 1945 and educated at L.A.’s Chouinard Art Institute, Corse continues her work today in her own hand-built studio in Topanga Canyon. Corse is often associated with the Light & Space movement that burgeoned in Los Angeles in the 1960s, but Corse herself says that she has always had grander ambitions than to capture the unique atmospheric ambiance of Southern California. As she once told an interviewer: “I didn’t want to make a picture of light; I wanted to put the actual light in the painting.”

Mary Corse, Untitled (Black/Blue Bands), signature
Lot 207, Mary Corse, Untitled (Black/Blue Bands) (verso detail), 2000
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

“Mary Corse.” Lehmann Maupin. Lehmann Maupin, n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Lot Information:

Lot 207
Mary Corse
Untitled (Black/Blue Bands)
Glass microspheres in acrylic paint on canvas
Signed and dated verso; retains Ace Gallery label verso
24″ x 60″

Provenance: Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, 2014)

Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000

May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

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