Gysin, Brion. 1916-1986.  A large abstract drawing, ink on paper, 1150 x 760 mm, unsigned and undated,

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Lot 192
Gysin, Brion. 1916-1986.
A large abstract drawing, ink on paper, 1150 x 760 mm, unsigned and undated,

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,300 - 3,900

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

New York

Gysin, Brion. 1916-1986.
A large abstract drawing, ink on paper, 1150 x 760 mm, unsigned and undated, made up of a black linear grid, with pooling and the occasional ink spots. Lightly browned, a few small tears to edges, some creases, damp staining at upper part of the drawing.
Provenance: William S. Burroughs, gift to David Prentice (New York artist and friend).

A fine large drawing by Gysin, probably part of his work with Burroughs on the "Third Mind" project, that they worked on from 1961 to 1965. Gysin used roller edges to create the linear grid. In other versions of the grid drawings he adds arabic characters, numbers or words to create a confusion of art and word. Gysin was better known in Paris, but had a retrospective in 2010 in New York at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
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