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Esteban Vicente (American, 1903–2001)
LOT ID: 100800
Black is Beautiful!, 1987

Mixed Media, Collage, Paper on Canvas
38 х 28 in. (96.52 x 71.12 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated on verso.
Lot description
From the 1940’s, Esteban Vicente’s work with collage formed a substantial contribution to the Abstract Expressionist movement. In "Black is Beautiful," the artist creates a delicate collage of text to depict the enigmatic phrase “BLACK is Beautiful and the LAW.” An excellent example of Vicente’s exploration of color, form, and texture, the canvas consists mainly of black and beige, with sparse patches of deep blue and red.

Recent major survey's of Vicente's work have been presented by the Grey Art Gallery at New York University (New York, NY); The Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY); and the Ashevill Art Museum (Ashevill, NC);

Esteban Vicente's works can be found in many museum collections worldwide, including:

the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid, Spain)
Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA)
the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
Black is Beautiful! by Esteban Vicente
  • Black is Beautiful! by Esteban Vicente
  • Black is Beautiful! by Esteban Vicente
  • Black is Beautiful! by Esteban Vicente
  • Black is Beautiful! by Esteban Vicente
  • Black is Beautiful! by Esteban Vicente
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