Dan Christensen


This dynamic and elaborate work on paper, is a paradigm of Dan Christensen's practice and recalls his successful debut series of "loops".

Christensen (1942-2007) is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost abstract artists. Over the course of his career, Christensen was devoted to exploring and expanding the constantly shifting trends of 20th century abstraction. 

Christensen established his reputation at the end of the 1960s, as he began using spray guns to create colorful stacks, loops, and lines in his artworks. This body of work was considered by the legendary art critic Clement Greenberg among the most original abstract paintings of the decade.

During the last chapter of Christensen's career he revisited and reinterpreted some of his most celebrated abstract motifs. He fused the gestural action of Abstract Expressionism with the stained or layered surface look popularized by the color field artists.

In "Violet Loops" Christensen portrays gestural momentum at its finests. Unlike his early loop works, in this work each horizontal oval of color adds texture and volume to the surface, rather than being absorbed into the paper. 

Today, Dan Christensen's works can be found in numerous major museum collections, such as the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, the MET, the MoMA, and the Albright-Knox Gallery to mention a few. 

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Untitled ("Violet Loops") 

USA, 2003

Signed, numbered and dated by the artist

Acrylic on paper

12.5"H 16.25"W (work)

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition

Provenance: the Estate of Dan Christensen

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