Lot 54: James Havard, “B.V.I”, Acrylic on canvas, 1978
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Acrylic on canvas.
James Havard (b.1937) - American sculptor and painter
Signed and dated “Havard, 78” in pencil on lower right, recto.
Signed, titled, and dated along upper canvas stretcher bar, verso.
Titled in pencil on lower left, recto.
Provenance: Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
Dimensions: 35 ½ x 71 ¾ in x 1 ⅞ in (89.41 x 182.25 cm x 4.76 cm)
James Havard (American, b.1937)
Colliding illusionistic and abstract imagery, the early works of James Havard (American, b.1937) are sites of synthesis and simultaneous discordance. They serve as visual precursors to certain forms of post-Internet art with their pastel colors and apparently arbitrary compositions that nevertheless elicit a semiotic language. In the late 1970s Havard began looking to Native American culture for inspiration, and moved away from trompe l’oeil techniques of shadow painting. His works are included in the collections of the Guggenheim, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, and LACMA, Los Angeles, among others.
In overall good condition. Stains and surface soiling to edges of canvas.
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