For offer here is an original, unique drawing on a 5 x 7 index card created by Minimalist master Robert Mangold, and sent to a fan, David Luisi (an art professor) in the mid Seventies.
Authenticity is unconditionally guaranteed and provenance is superb.
The winning bidder will receive a copy of a poignant letter from Dr. Luisi certifying the work's authenticity and explaining how he acquired it; After describing how he spent his youth visiting art museums. Luisi writes, "Even though I lacked the money to purchase art from famous artists, then at least the slightest contact with them would...allow me to share some of their greatness. With this fantasy in mind I wrote to dozens of artists asking, if they would please send me an autograph... My pleas must have sounded so desperate that they responded not only with autographs but sometimes with small examples of their art, letters and other art memorabilia. Now that I am elderly and the stresses of those years have passed, I am deeply grateful for the kindness of these artists and the psychological lifelines they extended when I needed it most."
Indeed, this rare original drawing gifted from Robert Mangold to a true art lover remained in Dr. Luisi's private collection for nearly 40 years until this year. It is undated, but the collection was amassed in the mid Seventies all the way to the early 1980s - so this drawing was created in one of the more important eras of the Minimalist movement.
An iconic Minimalist, Robert Mangold is a master at using colors and forms in unexpected ways, fusing differently shaped canvases and drawn shapes to create new, formalist structures. Mangold uses a straightforward and non-referential perspective but often draws on the particular, channeling everything from manila envelopes to the negative spaces in New York City architecture. lthough simple, his work requires serious scrutiny and deep contemplation on the part of the viewer. His characteristic, shapes like the one drawn here, are reminiscent of the architectural elements frequently employed in minimalism, and have made Mangold an inextricable part of that school of art. New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman wrote in 1997: "Robert Mangoldâs paintings are more complicated to describe than they seem, which is partly whatâs good about them: the way they invite intense scrutiny, which, in the nature of good art, is its own reward. "
The Luisi collection is a well known collection of artists autographs, doodles, drawings, correspondence and ephemera. We sold for example, two postcards autographed and inscribed by the sculptor John Chamberlain to a major Chelsea, NYC gallery that represents Chamberlain, and we sold Dr. Luisi's signed Christo postcards through a major auction house.
Superb provenance. Accompanied by a Certificate of Guarantee and copy of letter from David Luisi. Unconditionally guaranteed authentic forever: NO questions; NO quibbles.