Desert Town (Wild City)
Artwork: Desert Town (Wild City)
Size: 109.2 x 68.9 cm
Medium: Oil and gouache on card mounted on masonite
Creation year: 1950
Marks: Signed and dated 'Tobey 50' lower right
Category: Paintings
Provenance: Willard Gallery, New York; Betty McClean Gallery, Dallas; Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris; Michel Tapie, Paris (acquired by 1961); Galerie Beyeler, Basel; Martha Jackson, Buffalo; Mr. & Mrs. David K. Anderson, New York (acquired thence by descent); Christie's, London, June 21, 2007, lot 380; Private Collection, New York (acquired at the previous sale)
Exhibition history: San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 5th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, January 24 - March 2, 1952, n.p. (illustrated); The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Mark Tobey, April 18 - May 14, 1952, no. 13; Paris, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Tobey, November 27, 1959 - January 16, 1960; Turin, Civico Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, da Boldini a Pollock, Pittura e scultura del XX secolo, October 12 - November 5, 1961, p. 154 (illustrated, p. 130); Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Tobey, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, December 1970 - February 1971, no. 10; Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Tribute to Mark Tobey, June 7 - September 8, 1974, no. 17, p. 107 (illustrated, p. 43); New York, Haunch of Venison, Abstract Expressionism - A World Elsewhere, September 12 - November 12, 2008, no. 60, pp. 122, 149 (illustrated, p. 123)

Phillips New York

Date: 2019-05-15
Lot Number: 187
Low Estimate: $100000 [-30%]
High Estimate: $150000 [-53%]
Hammer Price: $70000
Sold For: $87500
Notes: Achim Moeller, Managing Principal of the Mark Tobey Project LLC, has confirmed the authenticity. The work is registered in the Mark Tobey archive with the number MT [132-1-3-11].