February 23, 2014

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 37: June Harwood

Lot 37: June Harwood

Blue Orange (from Loop Series)

1966
Acrylic on canvas
Signed, titled, and dated verso; bears the inscription "B-10" verso; retains Santa Barbara Museum of Art inventory label on canvas stretcher verso
Canvas: 40.125" x 60.25"
Together with facsimile of exhibition brochure and exhibition checklist.

LAMA would like to thank the artist for her assistance in cataloguing this work
Exhibited: "June Harwood," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, October 3-November 12, 1967
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $28,125
Inventory Id: 9036

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This painting has an alternate title Fish.

Originally from New York State, June Harwood (b. 1934) gained recognition when she was included in the seminal exhibition, "California Hard-Edge Painting" along with Helen Lundeberg, Lorser Feitelson, John McLaughlin, Frederick Hammersley, and Karl Benjamin, among others. Hosted by Pavilion Gallery in Balboa, California and organized by her husband Jules Langsner, the show proved to be quite successful for Harwood. Throughout the 60s, she created various series of acrylic paintings, including Colorform Series, Silver Series, and Loops Series in which she explored geometric forms amidst backdrops of rich acrylic color. During this period, she took a formalist approach to painting, marked by "impeccable organization" and the intention to create paintings that could achieve an independent existence. She wrote, "To realize that intention fully, the structure would have to be at once integral to the imagery and harmonious within itself." In the Loops Series painting Blue Orange (1966) – exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1967 and the David Stewart Galleries thereafter – Harwood describes her exploration of kinetics: "After the symmetrical loops came kinetic loops loosened and free with a kinetic energy of their own…swirling and moving into the canvas and off again." In most of her paintings, Harwood achieves symmetry between the captured movement on the canvas and the unseen movement beyond.

Colpitt, Frances. "Hard Edge Cool." The Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury. Ed. Elizabeth Armstrong. Newport Beach: Orange County Museum of Art, 2007. 80-106. Print.
Harwood, June. Interview by Julie Karabenick. Geoform. Geoform, Jan. 2011. Web. 10 Jan. 2014.

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