Al Held Geometric Forms

The Poindexter Gallery, known to represent abstract artist such as Richard Diebenkorn and  Jules Olitski, offered Al Held his first solo show in 1959 and again in 1960 at their New York gallery.

That same year Sam Francis, whom Held met at the Poindexter Gallery, loaned Held his painting studio on Broadway, in which he painted large-scale works for the next two years.   During this time Held created the Taxi Cab series, monumental colorful geometric shapes of jumbled frenetic scenes from the streets of New York.

The work to be offered in the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction,
(Untitled 61-1), illustrates the similar bold, geometric forms seen in one of his most famous works of the period, the large three panel work titled “House of Cards”, also from 1960.

This series was a prelude to his later large geometric monochromatic forms of the late 1960s through the 1970s, during which he created some of his most prolific works.

Lot Information

Lot 272
Al Held
Untitled (61-1)
Liquitex on board
Signed lower right “Al Held 60”; retains “Poindexter Gallery” label verso
18” x 23.5”
Provenance: From the collection of James Byrnes , Los Angeles
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Reference:  Al Held, Richard Armstrong, Rizzoli, 1991


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