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Why Then Opened II

Sam Francis-Why Then Opened II-1963

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Why Then Opened II
246 x 182.8 cm
Medium :
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Creation Year:
Signed, inscribed and dated 'Sam Francis 1962-63 Venice CALIF.' (on the reverse)
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Artwork Details :
Painted in 1962-1963
Provenance :
Estate of the artist, 1994; Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles; Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, St. Louis; Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 13 November 2001, lot 46; Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Exhibition History :
Bern, Galerie Kornfeld und Klipstein, Sam Francis: Werke 1962-1966, September-October 1966, p. 7, no. 8 (illustrated in color on the cover); New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Sam Francis: Oil Paintings and Colored Drawings from 1962 to 1966, February-March 1967, n.p., no. 5 (illustrated in color and on the cover); Kunsthalle Basel; Karlsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein and Amsterdam, Stedelijk Mueum, Sam Francis, April-November 1968, n.p., no. 67 (Basel, illustrated in color); n.p., no. 38 (Karlsruhe, illustrated); n.p., no. 54 (Amsterdam, illustrated); Zurich, Galerie Kornfeld, Eroffnungsausstellung, December 1970-January 1971, n.p., no. 19 (illustrated in color); Dusseldorf, Stadtische Kunsthalle and Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunstalle, Surrealitat-Bildrealitat 1924-1974, December 1974-April 1975, p. 30 (illustrated in color); Bern, Galerie Kornfeld, Sam Francis: 40 Years of Friendship-Werke 1945-1990, March-April 1991, pl. 34 (illustrated); New York, Gagosian Gallery, Sam Francis: Blue Balls, May-June 1991, p. 55, no. 13 (illustrated in color and on the cover); Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Sam Francis, February-April 1993, pp. 170-171 and 468 (illustrated in color); Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art; Houston, Menil Collection; Sweden, Malmo Konsthall and Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, March 1999-August 2000, pp. 41 and 105, pl. 52 (illustrated in color); New York, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, Sam Francis: Works from the Early 1960s, October-November 2000, n.p., pl. 9 (illustrated in color); Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Claude Monet...up to digital Impressionism, March-August 2002, no. 54 (illustrated in color)

Christie’s New York

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39 B
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