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Lot 14: Joe Zucker, "Rose Lake (Triptych)," Mixed Media, 1969
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Acrylic, cotton, and rhoplex on canvas
Joe Zucker (b. 1941) - American contemporary artist
Signed and dated "Joe Zucker, 1969" on verso of each panel.
Exhibited in "Joe Zucker: Surfacing Images" at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, July 9-August 29, 1982
Literature: "Surfacing Images: The Paintings of Joe Zucker, 1969-1982," essay by Susan Krane, Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1982
Lower center panel: 49 ¼ x 97 ½ in (125.1 x 247.65 cm)
Upper left panel: 49 ¼ x 49 ¼ in (125.1 x 125.1 cm)
Upper right panel: 49 ¼ x 49 ¼ in (125.1 x 125.1 cm)
Joe Zucker's "Rose Lake" is a remarkably well-preserved example of one of the artist's experiments with incorporating cotton balls into his paintings, resulting in a vibrant, highly textured work reminiscent, at turns, of the work of the pointillists. Though clearly concerned with aesthetic exploration and stylistic innovation, given its use of non-traditional media, "Rose Lake" is also a deeply personal work, its title a reference to the lake in northern Minnesota where the artist frequently fished for bass in the summer months. While the largest panel depicts a colorful, abstracted vision of the titular lake, the two smaller panels depict both a brightly-colored fishing lure and a large, elegant fish swimming amid underwater flora, each rendered with characteristic care and dynamism.
Joe Zucker (American, b.1941)
"If you're going to make a painting about pain, suffering, and racism, you might as well make the object of the racism the tools with which you make the painting," declares Joe Zucker (BOMB Magazine). Zucker (American, b.1941) engages with American history through both imagery and materials, in particular exploiting the adaptability of cotton to produce vibrant, textured surfaces. Zucker's style is in perpetual flux, at points bearing semblance to abstraction and pointillism. He cites a childhood in the racially turbulent Chicago of the 1970s as impetus for the exploration of African American experience in his work.
In overall very good condition. Some paint loss on cotton balls throughout, commensurate to age and medium. One cotton ball missing from lower center panel.
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