Mary Heilmann and Jene Highstein: RARE Signed & Dedicated Invitation Cards to Holly Solomon Gallery Exhibitions, 1976
Offset lithograph, Vintage Gallery Invitation Card
7.2 ? 6.5 inches
Signed, inscribed, This lot has two pieces: the first card is hand signed and dedicated by Mary Heilmann to the director of Holly Solomon Gallery; the second card is hand signed by Jene Highstein
Edition Rare Limited Edition Invitation Cards Uniquely Hand Signed
For offer here are two (2) extremely scarce hand signed vintage invitation cards from the Holly Solomon Gallery for two consecutive exhibitions: the Mary Heilmann "Series" show and an exhibition of sculptures by Jene Highstein.
The provenance of both items is distinctive: they came from the private collection of David Boyce, a former director at Holly Solomon Gallery. (At 20, Boyce had modeled for Andy Warhol; by 26, he had had curatorial and directorial roles at three high-powered New York City galleries (Pace, Sidney Janis, and Holly Solomon) showing artists like Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Saul Steinberg and Gordon Matta-Clark; and at one time or another from 1970-'81 was a studio assistant for Jasper Johns, Joseph Cornell, Claes Oldenberg, Teeny Duchamp, George Segal, Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Helen Levitt and Warhol.)
1. Invitation card to Mary Heilmann "Vent Series' exhibition at Holly Solomon January 24th to February 12, 1976, boldly signed and dedicated "I love you/ Mary Heilmann" to David Boyce. Measures 4.1 x 6 (slight brown stain on right edge)
2. Invitation card to Jene Highstein's February 14-March 3, 1976 exhibition at Holly Solomon, hand signed by Jene Highstein.
Mary Heilmann combines elements of abstraction and Conceptual art with the bright colors, wit, and playfulness of the best Pop artists. Among the preeminent abstract painters of her generation, Heilmann creates works that are both formally adventurous and richly evocative, marked by loose brushwork and bold patterning. Heilmann's work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including the 2007-08 traveling retrospective "Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone," which appeared at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, the Orange County Museum, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Jene Highstein was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1942 and attended the University of Maryland, then the University of Chicago in the mid-1960s, where his major was philosophy. He later studied at the New York Studio School and the Royal Academy Schools in London, earning a degree in art in 1970. His first exhibition was at Lisson Gallery, London, in 1968. Returning to New York, he showed at 112 Greene Street for a time, part of the utopian-minded, fiercely independent, artist-run alternative space that included much of the downtown avant-garde such as Jeffrey Lew, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Nonas, Alan Saret, Mary Heilmann and Vito Acconci. By 1976, Highstein was showing with Holly Solomon among other galleries in New York and soon after with Ace Gallery in Los Angeles and in New York. More recently, he had solo exhibitions at Texas Gallery, Houston and Danese, New York, as well as in Europe and Asia. His many one-person museum shows include those at the University Art Museum, Berkeley, California (1980); the Philips Collection, Washington, D.C. (1991); MoMA PS1, New York (2003); and a solo throughout Madison Square Park, New York (2005). An exhibition of early works is scheduled to open at the Clocktower in Lower Manhattan this June. Highstein received four National Endowment of the Arts awards over the years and a Guggenheim Fellowship among other honors and his work is included in numerous private and public collections, including every major museum in New York. (Lilly Wei)
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