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With an array of kaleidoscopic colors and complex pattern of dots, “Painting #1” exemplifies the style and dynamism of Peter Young’s well known Folded Mandala series. Displaying what Young calls his “eight-fold symmetry,” which he created by folding the canvas horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, these arresting paintings underscore the artist’s typical rhythmic compositions and self-evident creative process. Demonstrating his approach to lyrical abstraction and heightened visual experience, “Painting #1” maintains an intensity which speaks to influences of tribalism, abstract expressionism, and action painting. 

Peter Ford Young (American, b. January 2, 1940) was an abstract expressionist and post-minimalist painter, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, who grew up in Santa Monica, CA. At an early age, he formed an influential relationship with his classmate’s stepfather, artist and teacher Lee Mullican, before moving to New York City. Known for his complex paintings which combine his gift for color with an intricate dot motif, Young produced works that range from minimalism to lyrical abstraction. As part of a close-knit community of artists living in downtown Manhattan in the late 1960s, he gained notoriety with a fair amount of ease. A distinct set of patterns, textures, colors, and forms marks his canvases, which can be described as psychedelic and visually captivating experiences. Although he virtually disappeared from the art scene after his move to Bisbee, Arizona in 1972, his work has been exhibited at the National Design Museum, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York. The artist has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Theodoran Award from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Young currently lives and works in Bisbee, Arizona.

Selected Public Collections:

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Paint Loss
Date: Old
Area: Other area
Location: Other location
Notes: Painting is in perfect condition. There are no blemishes or paint losses. Hairline cracks along the top edge of the painting do exist but these are consistent for a work that has been painted without a support and stretched after it has dried. (See the attached photo.) This slight cracking would have occurred when the artist applied the painting for the first time to a stretcher. It is important to know that these cracks are stable.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Richard Bellamy/Noah Goldowsky Inc. Fine Arts, New York, NY Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 59.5 x 58 in. (151.13 x 147.32 cm.)
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