Provenance

Estate of the Artist

Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York

Mr and Mrs Melvin Kolbert, Huntington Woods, Michigan

Maurice and Margo Cohen, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1987-2004

Hon and Mrs Joseph P. Carroll, New York

Exhibitions and literature

John D. Graham, Paintings and Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1968, catalogue No.22, traveled to Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Grinnell College, Iowa; Auburn University, Alabama; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; Art Institute of Chicago; Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1968-70

John Graham: Artist and Avatar, organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. and shown at the Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase; Newport Harbor Art Museum, California; University Art Museum, Berkeley, California; the Smart Gallery, University of Chicago; the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1987-88; catalogue by Eleanor Green, p.89 and p.154, No.70, illus.

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, John Graham: Maverick Modernist, 2017, catalogue by Alicia G. Longwell, Karen Wilkin and William C. Agee, p.136, Plate 63

Born Ivan Gratianovich Dombrovski in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of czarist Russia, Graham emigrated to the US in 1920 after traveling to Poland, and was soon to be a figure of immense influence in the early development of American modernism.  He was fluent in many languages and a consummate connoisseur in various fields. Along with Stuart Davis and Hans Hofmann, Graham was a progenitor of Abstract Expressionism and was closely tied to such luminaries as Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, David Smith and Mark Rothko. He went through a number of stylistic phases, eventually adopting a highly personal kind of mystical, surrealistic classicism, as represented by Angel with Dodecahedron, one of several manifestations of the theme. (A related version was sold at Christie’s New York in 2007 for $1.6 million.)

Graham has been the subject of several monographic exhibitions with substantial catalogues, most recently the Parrish Art Museum’s authoritative Maverick Modernist.  He was also featured in the landmark exhibition American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942 organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts and also shown at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 2012, catalogue by William C. Agee, Irving Sandler, and Karen Wilkin.

John D. Graham (1881-1961)
Angel in Dodecahedron, 1959

Oil and chalk on canvas
30 x 24 in
Signed with monogram (l.r.)
Signed (verso): Graham and Ioannus Sangermanus