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Noah Purifoy

(1917 -  2007 )
PURIFOY Noah Untitled (66 Signs Of Neon)

Swann Galleries
Oct 4, 2018
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Noah Purifoy - Untitled (66 Signs Of Neon)

Noah Purifoy - Untitled (66 Signs Of Neon)

Original 1966
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Lot number: 91
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Sale 2487 Lot 91 NOAH PURIFOY (1917 - 2004) Untitled (66 Signs of Neon). Mixed media assemblage, including burnt wood, acrylic, stencil and color felt, on plywood board, circa 1966. 1422x914 mm; 56x36 inches. Provenance: the estate of Gerald Moyer and Lyle Clark, Manhattan Beach, CA; private collection, California. This striking and colorful assemblage is an outstanding example of Noah Purifoy's work in assemblage. It includes charred plywood and stencilled letters found in many of the works from his important exhibition 66 Signs of Neon. Noah Purifoy grew up in Alabama - he earned an undergraduate degree from Alabama State Teachers College in 1943, and a graduate degree from Atlanta University in 1948. Noah Purifoy moved to Los Angeles in 1953 to study at the Chouinard Art Institute. Purifoy was not only the first African-American student to be enrolled full-time, he was a mature student - receiving a BFA in 1956, just before turning forty. The Watts Rebellion in August of 1965 changed Purifoy's life and art. At the time, Noah Purifoy and fellow artist Judson Powell ran the art education program at the newly created Watts Towers Arts Center where Purifoy was the director. The Watts Towers center had grown as a sculpture garden around the towers of assemblage by the eccentric Italian-American Simon Rodia whom began building them in the 1920s. In 1966, Purifoy and Powell co-founded the Watts Summer Festival and then quickly organized Junk Art: 66 Signs of Neon in commemoration of the Watts Rebellion in only 30 days. The exhibition included 66 art works, all assemblages made from debris and detritus of the Watts uprising, including burned wood, windows, doors and railroad ties - collaborating with several other artists, alongside photographic documentation. The exhibition went from the Watts Center to UCLA and then traveled widely until 1972. Sirmans/Lipschutz p. 80
Noah Purifoy - Untitled (wall Piece Assemblage)

Noah Purifoy - Untitled (wall Piece Assemblage)

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Lot number: 96
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Sale 2442 Lot 96 NOAH PURIFOY (1917 - 2004) Untitled (Wall Piece Assemblage). Assemblage of painted plywood, leather, suede and champagne corks, circa 1966-68. 1390x900x38 mm; 54 3/4x35 3/8x1 1/2inches. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, Los Angeles (1975-78); private collection, Rochester, New York. This remarkable assemblage work by Noah Purifoy reveals the artist's complex interests in both sculpture and design. In this panel Purifoy incorporates interior materials and construction, abstract design and found objects. Another similar artwork, entitled "Wall Piece" and dated 1967, can be seen in an interiors photograph of a dining room design by the artist. This color image is found on page 30 of his scrapbook "Join for the Arts" - one of many images of his artwork installed in design show interiors. Raised in Alabama, Purifoy graduated with an undergraduate degree from Alabama State Teachers College in 1943, and a graduate degree from Atlanta University in 1948. Noah Purifoy moved to Los Angeles in 1953 to study at the Chouinard Art Institute. Purifoy received a BFA in 1956, just before turning forty. Noah Purifoy had begun his career as a commercial artist - including work in interior design, construction and window displays for the Broadway department store. He also worked in furniture design with the Angelus Furniture Warehouse, and partnered with John H. Smith, the first African-American interior designer accredited by the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID), whom he had met while studying design at Chouinard. Noah Purifoy papers, 1935–1998, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; Sirmans/Lipschutz pp. 68-69
Noah Purifoy - Untitled (standing Figure).

Noah Purifoy - Untitled (standing Figure).

Original 1970
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Lot number: 45
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NOAH PURIFOY (1917 - 2004)
Untitled (Standing Figure).
Assemblage construction, including wood, wood veneer, and leather, circa 1968-70. Approximately 1308x381x305 mm; 51 1/2x15x12 inches.
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; Artis Lane, Los Angeles. The sculptor Artis Lane acquired this artwork from Noah Purifoy just before his move to Joshua Tree in 1989. She recalled - "I purchased the sculpture directly from the artist right before his move to Joshua Tree in 1989. Noah Purifoy was closing his L.A. studio in preparation for this move. John Outterbridge and I went to see his L.A. studio before it closed. I purchased the sculpture then and it has been in my possession since that time."
Exhibited: Places of Validation, Art and Progression, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2011 - April 1, 2012.
This striking figurative sculpture is an outstanding example of Noah Purifoy's important work in assemblage, and is the first significant work of the artist to come to auction. By 1970, Purifoy had expanded his range of assemblage material to include such diverse, organic materials such as leather, feathers, brass and copper. The enigmatic female figure, with leather breasts mounted on her flanks, and a dense decorative surface, reflects both the assemblage aesthetic and early Surrealist sculpture.
Noah Purifoy had grown up in Alabama - he graduated with an undergraduate degree from Alabama State Teachers College in 1943, a graduate degree from Atlanta University in 1948. Noah Purifoy moved to Los Angeles in 1953 to study at the Chouinard Art Institute. Purifoy was not only the first African-American student to be enrolled full-time, he was a mature student - receiving a BFA in 1956, just before turning forty.
The Watts rebellion in 1965 changed Purifoy's life and art. At the time Noah Purifoy and fellow artist Judson Powell ran the art education program at the newly created Watts Towers Arts Center. The Watts Towers center had grown as a sculpture garden around the towers of assemblage by the eccentric Italian-American Simon Rodia whom began building them in the 1920s. Together Powell and Purifoy organized Junk Art: 66 Signs of Neon, a seminal exhibition at the University of Southern California. They exhibited 66 art works made from found debris and junk - all detritus left in the wake of the Watts riots - alongside photographic documentation. From this period, Purifoy created an important body of work, alongside with his fellow artist John Outterbridge, that is largely credited for influencing a whole generation of Californian assemblage artists from David Hammons to Senga Nengudi.
Purifoy worked in public art programs of the California Arts Concil through the late 1980s - he initiated programs such as 'Artists in Social Institutions,' which brought art into the state prison system. Purifoy then moved to a large compound near Joshua Tree, California, in the Mojave desert, where over the last 15 years of his life he created a ten-acre site of large-scale assemblage sculpture. Today the entire site is preserved in a cultural center and museum, run by the artist's non-profit foundation.
Noah Purifoy - Untitled

Noah Purifoy - Untitled

Original 1990
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Lot number: 1181
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Untitled, c. 1990
toilet stopper assemblage
16 x 70 1/2 x 6in (41 x 179 x 15cm)
Provenance:
Collection of Jules and Joanne Glazer, Los Angeles,California
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In the 1960s, Noah Purifoy lived in Los Angeles and founded theWatts Towers Art Center. He is most famous for "66 Signs of Neon,"a traveling exhibition of sculptures made of rubble from the 1965Watts riots. Purifoy was teaching at Watts Towers during the riots.After they ended, Purifoy and a small group of artists collectedcharred pieces of rubble from the street and incorporated them intoworks of art. Influenced by Dada and artists such as MarcelDuchamp, Purifoy was one of the first American artists to create"assemblage art." He made a conscious decision not to use newobjects, in a show of respect for objects cast aside like brokenfurniture and discarded bathroom fixtures. At the time, assemblagewas not accepted in the mainstream art community. Purifoy was aheadof his time not only in regards to assemblage, but for using art asan agent for social change.
Noah Purifoy - Untitled

Noah Purifoy - Untitled

Original 1992
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Lot number: 19
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Noah Purifoy Untitled signed and dated "Noah Purifoy 1992" on the lower surface mixed media 16 x 24 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. (40.6 x 61.3 x 11.1 cm.) Executed in 1992.
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