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Untitled ("For John")

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
W. 55 in; H. 55 in;
W. 139.7 cm; H. 139.7 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1973
Description In a review of a retrospective of Young's work at MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center in 2012, NYT critic Robert Smith effused over his work: "Robert Motherwell once said that painters carry the history of their medium in their heads. Mr. Young seems to carry it in his hands, freely, restlessly and without pretense...(His Mandala paintings) are gorgeous, enveloping works..."

Young is a painter of the 60s in just about every sense of the word, up to and including the early use of LSD. He grew up precocious in Los Angeles. His parents collected tribal art (the influence is self-evident). He moved to New York in 1960 with his wife, the dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp.

Young has been described variously as the first post-modernist painter, as well as a minimalist and an abstract surrealist. From the beginning, his paintings have addressed the rigid formal criteria of minimal art that prevailed in the 1960’s. In Young’s work, seemingly playful constellations of circles and dots replace restrictive geometric formalism, while colorfulness and pictorial density give way to surprising sensuality and poetic momentum.

Just as he was about to become a big name New York artist, Young decamped traveling to Costa Rica and ultimately settling in Arizona where he has lived ever since. Smith calls Young an artist who "has been drifting just out of reach for decades, (his work) a tantalizing medley of dotted, stained, gridded and geometric paintings, rarely seen but not forgotten."

His work has been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Arizona; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Guggenheim, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.; as well as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom; Rolf Ricke, Cologne; and Documenta 5, Kassel, Germany. Peter Young’s work is featured in collections, including the Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio; the American University, Washington D.C.; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, New York; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; University of Texas, Austin; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

Provenance: Noah Goldowsky Gallery; ex. collection of Robert Scull; in same private Long Island collection for past 40 years.
Styles / Movements Conceptualism, Minimalism
Incollect Reference Number 340772
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