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Midcentury Abstract Expressionist Ink Drawing on Paper by Salvatore Grippi, 1953

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Midcentury abstract expressionist ink drawing on paper by Salvatore Grippi, 1953. Measures: 9.5" x 12". This ink wash figurative abstract Expressionist piece on paper is signed by its creator, noted New York School artist Salvatore Grippi. It is dated 1953. One of the original members of the Abstract Expressionist "New York School", Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017) exhibited in two of the famous New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals (1953 and 1957) at the stabile Gallery alongside such artists as William Baziotes, Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning, Michael Goldberg, and Louise Nevelson. After spending several years in California teaching at Pomona College, Grippi was asked to start the painting department at Ithaca College in 1968 and taught there until 1991. I am honored to have a select number of masterpieces by Grippi from his personal collection. Throughout his long and storied career, Grippi oscillated between the figural and abstract. He seemed to be most comfortable and successful in that liminal space between that which is recognized and that which is felt. His early figural works, of which this ink and watercolor on paper (signed) work is an extraordinary example, are populated with multiple figures, congregating and seemingly effervescing into something completely non-figural all-together. Yes, there are early signs of gestural/abstract painting that the NYS is so known for (i.e. Jackson Pollock) but his lines and colors do hint at mass and space, however slight and overpowered by the two-dimensional surface. The human bodies come together, each is barely coherent on their own, a sum of parts that is really just a part of something greater. That greater mass, however, the composition as a whole, has the poise, coherence and, dare I say, balance of classical architecture and Prehistoric post and lintel structures. There's an effortless primitivism here that is devoid of judgment or qualification as to what the Primitive is or looks like but rather how far down it goes, that connection synonymous with the Primitive, that is our common human experience. This is the sort of more obvious figural work that predates compositions such as "untitled in pink" (1955) also available in my collection. Grippi's work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many other notable public and private collections. Salvatore Grippi died in Brewster, Massachusetts on November 30, 2017 at age 96.

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  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1953
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Quite good overall. Slight foxing and warming of tone. See photos.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190316945182

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