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David Salle (American, b. 1952), Seven Stage Designs for the Armitage Ballet production The Elizabethan Phrasing of the Late Albert Ayl

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American & European Works of Art - 3203B
Date / Time :
January 25, 2019 10:00AM


David Salle (American, b. 1952)

Seven Stage Designs for the Armitage Ballet production The Elizabethan Phrasing of the Late Albert Ayler: Prelude/Color Chips, Scene 1 Act 1/Light Fixtures, Scene 2 Act 1/Dragon, Act 1 Scene 2/Gum Machine, Curtain and Act I Close/Large Eye, Act 2 Scene 1/Arms and Circles, Act 2 Scene 2/Light Bulbs
Each signed and inscribed "David Salle Study for EPCA" l.l., titled l.c., dated "1986" l.r., all with unidentified labels and labels from Mary Boone Gallery, New York, affixed to the frame backings.
Mixed media including gouache and paper on paper/board, sizes to 12 1/2 x 19 in. (31.7 x 48.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Craquelure, adhesive residue, scattered creases, scattered abrasions, scattered minor stains, some sheets and collage elements have partially detached from their supports, Act 2 Scene 2 with flaking, floated in frames, not examined out of frames.

Provenance: Collection of Maria Lopez and Stephen Mindich, Massachusetts.

N.B. David Salle has collaborated on many theater and dance productions, beginning in 1981 when he was asked to design the set and costumes for Birth of the Poet, an opera by Kathy Acker under the direction of Richard Foreman. He has since designed sets and costumes for more than fifteen productions by avant-garde choreographer Karole Armitage. Their ballet and opera collaborations have been staged in theaters around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and the Paris Opera. The same year Salle designed the sets and costumes for the presentation of the ballet The Elizabethan Phrasing of the Late Albert Ayler, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for his work in the theater.
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Prelude/Color Chips: Very minor creasing near the lower left corner; adhesive residue and staining (possibly from adhesive) to the collage elements; scattered spots of adhesive residue; scattered areas of fine craquelure to gouache.
Scene 1 Act 1/Light Fixtures: Horizontal crease to the collage element at upper left; staining to the collage elements at upper right, lower right, and lower center; adhesive residue to the collage elements at upper left, lower left, lower center, and lower right; the lower left collage element has become detached at its center left corner.
Scene 2 Act 1/Dragon: The sheet has separated from its backing along the upper and lower edges; craquelure to the thicker areas of gouache.
Act 1 Scene 2/Gum Machine: The vertical orange strips have detached in places; minor rippling.
Curtain and Act 1 Close/Large Eye: Fine craquelure to white gouache.
Act 2 Scene 1/Arms and Circles: Fine craquelure to areas of thicker gouache; horizontal abrasion to center measuring approximately 2 3/4 in.; small vertical tear measuring approximately 1/4 in. between wrist and ankle of applied element at lower left; adhesive residue surrounding applied elements; scattered small stains and abrasions; the sheet has separated from its backing near the lower left corner.
Act 2 Scene 2/Lightbulbs: Craquelure; small paint losses lower left and center right; applied elements detached in some places; the sheet has separated from its backing near the left and upper edges.

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