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This 1999 painting by New York-based artist James Siena is one of a series of works by the artist which reference the Proton Saga, a line of compact and subcompact cars produced from 1985 onward. This industrial reference is played out across work's aluminum surface, with the bright, jagged enamel patterns assuming a highly systematic character. Meanwhile, the intricacy and hand-painted quality of the work lend an inescapable expressiveness to Siena's abstraction.

Artwork measures 19.25 x 15.13 inches (48.9 x 38.5 cm).

James Siena (b. 1957) is a contemporary American artist best known for his vibrant and intricate abstractions. Siena’s work as a draftsman, printmaker, and painter demonstrates a preoccupation with the patterns yielded by rule-based or systematic methods. At the same time, his artworks can be expressive, vivid, optically challenging, or even sensual. Siena received a BFA from Cornell University in 1979. He has had solo exhibitions at Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2004, 2006-2007, 2010); PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (2005-2006, 2008); Pace Prints (2007); and Pace Gallery, New York, NY (2011), among many others. Recent group shows include “The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2006); “New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004” at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY (2009); and “Print/Out: 20 Years in Print” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2012). He lives and works in New York.

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami Art Museum, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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  • Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA Pace Gallery, New York, NY Private Collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: Massachusetts, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.25 x 15.13 in. (48.9 x 38.43 cm.)
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