“Crimson, Yellow and Green” (Tower) by Vasa Mihich, more commonly known as Vasa, is according to the artist the first piece he ever sold, which was quite meaningful to the artist as he said, “When I sold this piece it meant that I could eat.”
After immigrating to the United States in 1960, ultimately moving to Los Angeles, Vasa immersed himself in the major changes art was facing and began building three-dimensional painted constructions. In 1966 these works were first shown at the Feigen-Palmer Gallery in Los Angeles and the same year displayed at LACMA in an exhibit titled “American Sculptures of the Sixties”. It was only until 1967 when Vasa began using plastic in his constructions.
Vasa is most well-known for employing acrylic in his sculptures, however, his early painted wood constructions show strong parallels to the Hard-edge painters in California, who were painting compositions marked by geometric shapes and abrupt transitions of color as a reaction to the gestural, more painterly style of the Abstract Expressionists.
“Crimson, Yellow and Green” (Tower) from 1965 shares similar elements with the works of Vasa’s contemporaries: John McCracken and John McLaughlin, who both used vertical blocks of color in their compositions to obtain the totally abstract.
“Crimson, Yellow and Green” (Tower)
Painted wood construction
Retains Feigen-Palmer Gallery label verso
Signed and dated verso
March 6, 2011 Auction
Estimate $6,000 – 8,000