Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Study For Homage to the Square: R - III a - 6

This piece is called Study For Homage to the Square: R - III a - 6, and was done by the artist Josef Albers.  I picked this work, because it somewhat reminds me of a more clear cut Rothko.  Aside from that the amount of money it went for took me by surprise.  $1,641,430 is a lot of money to spend on anything, and quite frankly I am not sure it was worth the amount of money that was paid for it.  Other than the cost i liked the piece overall, it uses hue well and uses geometric shape very well.

TitleStudy For Homage to the Square: R - III a - 6
Descriptionsigned with the artist’s monogram and dated ‘68’ (lower right);
signed, titled and dated ‘Study for Homage to the Square R-III a-6 Albers’ 1968’ (on the reverse)
oil on masonite
32 x 32in. (81.3 x 81.3cm.)
Painted in 1968
‘If one says ‘Red’ (the name of a color) and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different’ (J. Albers, quoted in Formulation: Articulation, New York 2006, p. 21)
Mediumoil on masonite
Year of Work1968
SizeHeight 32 in.; Width 32 in. / Height 81.3 cm.; Width 81.3 cm.
Misc.Signed, Inscribed
Sale ofChristie's London: Thursday, February 13, 2014 [Lot 00014]
Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Estimate250,000 - 350,000 GBP (415,973 - 582,362 USD)
Sold For986,500 GBP (1,641,430 USD) PREMIUM

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