Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) was one of the foremost American abstract painters of the postwar era. ‘Phenomena Wind at the Foot of the Anvil’ (1975) was painted during a high point in the artist’s career when retrospectives of his work were presented at prominent international institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Art (both 1971); and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi (1974). He had many famous patrons including the former First Lady of France, Danielle Mitterrand and fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who commissioned his work for one of his boutiques.
The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features the acrylic painting Live by the pioneering multimedia painter Sam Gilliam. Gilliam was a pivotal player in the Washington School Movement of the 1950s and 60s, and made considerable contributions to the Color Field Movement. In 1968, Sam Gilliam was the first recognized artist to stop using canvas stretchers as a means of reinforcement in favor of the solitary, painted, raw surface. In the 1970s, Gilliam was determined to work with beveled canvas stretchers to facilitate the idea of the painting as a dimensional object, resulting in the vibrant work, Live from 1972.