October 13, 2013

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 432: Doug Ohlson

Lot 432: Doug Ohlson

The Mighty Gus

1987
Acrylic on canvas
Signed, dated, titled and inscribed 'Ohlson/The Mighty Gus'/'87 a/c/For Gus Darg '98"
Canvas: 18" x 18"
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $10,312
Inventory Id: 8470

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With the precision of a sculptor, painter Doug Ohlson (1936-2010) applied an expansive palette of colorful vertical bars to large canvases. In his native Iowa, Ohlson worked long days on the family farm below a spacious sky of changing colors. After earning his art degree at the University of Minnesota, he became the studio assistant to abstract painter Tony Smith at Hunter College in New York where he eventually joined the faculty in 1964. After successful shows at the Hudson River Museum and the Fischbach Gallery, Ohlson was included in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition "The Art of the Real: 1948-1968." Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Ohlson shifted from strictly Hard Edge lines to softer transitions between swaths of color, resulting in a more layered abstraction, as seen in the 1987 acrylic on canvas, The Mighty Gus. Ohlson's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Smith, Roberta. "Doug Ohlson, Painter of Vivid Abstracts, Dies at 73." NYTimes.com. New York Times, 23 July 2010. Web. 30 Aug. 2013.

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