Naphtha by Norman Bluhm
Norman Bluhm is arguably the most diverse of the early Abstract Expressionists with continual experimentation and development over a prolific artistic career combined with an erudite intellectualism and extensive knowledge of art history. Ironically despite his remarkable achievements spanning decades, he is most well known for this humble contribution to the O'Hara portfolio. We see in this pivotal work his mastery of gestural abstraction applied to lithography, not unlike the automatism lithographs of Motherwell at this time. This is one of the most important works in the entire portfolio.
Technical details: Sheet Number 24 of "In Memory Of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems by Frank O'Hara" published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1967. Single signed in the plate lithograph printed as loose 18 x 12 inch folded folio sheet on Mohawk Superfine Smooth paper. Number 142 of edition number of 2500. Comes with complete provenance including copy of colophon.