Sonia Gechtoff (1926-2018) Untitled (#4), 1960Untitled (#3), 1960Untitled (#5), 1960

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Lot 2
Sonia Gechtoff
(1926-2018)
Untitled (#4), 1960
Untitled (#3), 1960
Untitled (#5), 1960

Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
Sonia Gechtoff (1926-2018)
Untitled (#4), 1960
Untitled (#3), 1960
Untitled (#5), 1960

(i): signed and dated 'Gechtoff '60' (lower right); signed, numbered and dated 'Sonia Gechtoff 1960 #4' (on the reverse)
(ii): signed and dated 'Gechtoff '60' (lower right); signed twice, numbered and dated twice 'Sonia Gechtoff 1960 #3' (on the reverse)
(iii): signed 'Gechtoff' (lower right); signed, numbered and dated 'Sonia Gechtoff 1960 #5' (on the reverse)
each oil on paper mounted on board

(i-ii): 14 x 17 1/8 in. (35.6 x 43.5 cm)
(iii): 17 1/8 x 14 in. (43.5 x 35.6 cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Elinor Poindexter Gallery, New York
    871 Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Born in 1926 in Philadelphia, Sonia Gechtoff moved to San Francisco in the fall of 1951 to continue her art education at the California School of Fine Arts. She had received her BFA at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and quickly shed her social realist style in favor of Abstract Expressionism after befriending Ernest Briggs and Frank Lobdell, artists who studied under Clyfford Still during his teachings at the California School of Fine Arts in the late 1940s. Gechtoff had her first solo exhibition at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco in 1957. After visiting the exhibition, Walter Hopps from Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles "was so impressed he brought the entire show to L.A., in April 1957, and made it the subject of the first one-person exhibition Ferus ever mounted."1

    Gechtoff's works were also included in other seminal shows, such as Younger American Painters at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1954; 60 American Painters, 1960 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in 1960; Young America, 1960 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 1960; Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum, Denver in 2016.

    Gechtoff lived and worked in New York City until her death earlier this year.

    1. K. McKenna, The Ferus Gallery: A Place to Begin, Germany, 2009, p. 46
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Sonia Gechtoff (1926-2018) Untitled (#4), 1960Untitled (#3), 1960Untitled (#5), 1960
Sonia Gechtoff (1926-2018) Untitled (#4), 1960Untitled (#3), 1960Untitled (#5), 1960
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