Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY

    RUTH ROOT (American, b. 1967)
    Untitled, 2002/2003
    Enamel on aluminum
    30-1/2 x 46 inches (77.5 x 116.8 cm)
    Signed and dated on the reverse

    PROVENANCE:
    Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, April 2003

    NOTE:
    Ted Pillsbury collected the vibrant geometric abstractions of Chicago-born New York artist, Ruth Root, in several genres: painting on the traditional canvas supports, paper collages, and painting with enamel on thin aluminum panels. One of the wonderful, unexpected properties of Root's work is her penchant for deviating from the rectilinear shape of the support. She allows the perimeters of her works to be curvy and rounded, which forms a visually exciting contrast to the shifting planes of more angular color they usually inscribe.

    Of the works by Root in the Pillsbury collection, the enamel on aluminum is the most recent. When shown at her third solo show at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in the Spring of 2003, such works engaged the architecture of the gallery itself. As she revealed at the time of her show, the brightly colored forms push against each other to "create imagery suggestive of floor plans or walking maps of city neighborhoods; the artist likens it to 'walking from the East Village to Chelsea to Chinatown.'" These paintings mirror the density and surprise of urban living.

    As one writer noted: "Root plays with traditional figure-ground relationships, creating paintings that contain no negative space, and draw on references from Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Tuttle to 19th Century silhouette cut outs. Like her previous paintings these new works do not contain negative space or foreground/background relationships. Unlike her previous paintings that included eyes that look back at the viewer, or abstractions smoking cigarettes, in this show, such anthropomorphic details have been left aside. Instead the internal workings of each painting, and its relationship to its environment, take precedence."


    Condition Report*: Faint 7-inch linear scratch running thru the bottom of the main red panel; a faint 8-inch linear scratch continues thru the purple panels beneath; small accretion on the pink on the lower left edge; otherwise in good condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2011
    26th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,547

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 November 19 Modern & Contemporary Art - Beverly Hills.

    Learn about consigning with us

    In my estimation Taylor exemplified professionalism and in that respect clearly added value to Heritage Auctions as their representative.
    Robert B.,
    Philadelphia, PA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2019 April 23 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 April 23 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,477,408