DAN CHRISTENSEN "LICORICE", 2001

Dan 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 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.

Unlike many of his contemporaries who dedicated their practice to a signature style, Christensen was unrelentingly curious and allowed his dynamic version of abstraction to evolve as he tried new techniques and aesthetics.  

During the 1980's and 1990's in particular, Christensen focused on experimenting with different forms of washing, spraying, and layering colours over top of each other. The works from Christensen's late period combine the gestural drama of Abstract Expressionism with the stained surface look popularized by the color field artists.

This untitled work (aka "Licorice") is a paradigm of Christensen's mastery in combining some of his historical elements to create a vibrant new work. Thick white calligraphic lines swoop around the exterior space of the page, creating stark contrasts with the richly layered background. Christensen presents a lighter version of one of his signature "loops" on a base that recall the layering and staining approaches from the 1970's and 80's. 

Over the course of Christensen's lengthy career, he had numerous solo exhibitions in both galleries and renowned institutions across America and beyond. His works can be found in museums including the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Met, the MoMA, and the Albright-Knox Gallery, among many others.

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Untitled ("Licorice")

USA, 2001

Signed and dated by the artist 

Acrylic and mixed media on Paper

17"H 13"W 

Very good condition.

Provenance: the Estate of Dan Christensen

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