AMERICAN, 1918-2007
Resin relief
Verso inscribed: Untitled 513 / 2.1.01 16 x 16 / Blue Green / Florence Pierce; verso label: Florence Pierce / Untitled 513 (Blue Green), 2.2.01 / Resin Relief / 16 x 16 in. / FP 118; verso gallery label: HS-howard scott gallery, New York New York

Born in 1918, Pierce spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., where she was one of the few young women to take art classes at the Phillips Collection's Studio School. At age 18, Pierce convinced her parents to let her study with modernist artist Emil Bisttram in Taos, New Mexico. She became the youngest member of Bisttram's Taos Transcendentalists group, dedicated to the creation of abstract art guided by spirituality. Pierce would spend decades experimenting with different techniques and refining her style. In 1969, a 51-year-old Pierce accidentally spilled some resin on a sheet of aluminum foil and found herself entranced by the way it captured the light. She would dedicate the rest of her career to perfecting this unforeseen new method. In a 2006 New York Times review of Pierce's solo exhibition at the Howard Scott Gallery, Holland Cotter writes, "It took her a lifetime of activity to arrive at art about contemplation, and then she did so only by chance." Pierce passed away in 2007, but the legacy of her minimalist, light-refracting works is enduring. "I can't think of Pierce's work without visualizing that unique glow," writes art critic Lucy Lippard. "Her monochrome resin squares create their own weather."

  • Howard Scott Gallery, New York; purchased from the gallery by Private Collection Washington D.C.
    Please note this is not part of the estate of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Dimensions:
  • 16 x 16 in. (40.64 x 40.64 cm.)
  • Artist Name:
  • Medium:
  • Resin relief
  • Condition:
  • This work is in good condition.
    There are two holes most likely caused by bubbles in the resin that popped. see online jpeg.

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